Music, Mexico and Making a Difference: The Gecko Band Is So Much Fun!

Victor and Rosy Vera

Victor Vera is a singer and entertainer in Puerta Vallarta. He is a ton of fun, putting out videos from his living room. He looks like a biker and sings like an angel. He has followers from all over the world!

In between singing songs with his fellow Gecko Band mate, Tony Smurf, his wife Rosy reads out texts from listeners. They are truly an uplifting group, joking, dancing and currently dedicating songs to front line workers and first responders. Last show he was singing tunes by The Beatles, the Hip, Elton John….and even Dr. Hook!

The entertainer is using his talent, humor and big personality to raise funds for various projects. With support from his Mexican and foreign friends, Victor started a small foundation called Hand to Hand Brigade in September, 2015:

“Hand to Hand Brigade was born with the purpose of supporting and helping people who need a helping hand that fills them with hope. My band, THE GECKO BAND, invited several bands from the Vallarta community to participate in a great concert to raise funds to support a friend in her fight against cancer, followed by several more concerts for this same fight.

Hand to Hand Brigade resurfaced in the wake of the earthquake in Mexico in 2017, which affected several cities and towns. The mission of our Brigade, along with some volunteers, were taking care and tracking the help that was donated, and delivering it directly TO THE HANDS of those who needed it. We were also in charge of making sure that the aid was not used for political purposes in order to get benefits from those in need, which is what normally happens when you just drop off the help in collection centers. It happened to us in the beginning. This is why we decided to do it HAND TO HAND all the time.”

Hand to Hand Brigade has been present in Tecuala Nayarit and surrounding villages giving aid after Hurricane Willa. They were also present in the community of Bucerias and Bahía de Banderas, giving help to those in need through the community centers.

Nursing staff in Puerto Vallarta accepting PPE.

To help with the Covid-19 crisis, Victor and his team started a campaign called ‘And Who Cares For Them?’ Here Victor tells us about it:


“We are asking for donations so we can support and take care of our nurses, doctors, bearers, and hospital staff, including cleaning staff, administration staff, ambulance staff, etc. Our government is not offering adequate security measures, so we’ve been buying and delivering mouth covers, N95 masks, gloves, disposable robes, safety glasses, hair caps, anti-bacterial gel, etc. Some things are out of stock everywhere, so it’s very hard to get them, but so far we’ve found everything we need.”

Victor and friend colleting PPE for frontline workers.


When not entertaining and raising funds for great causes, Victor and Rosy spend a lot of time together with their children. They go to the beach, swim and grocery shop with their children and grandkids. These days, due to Covid-19 and the time the two spend delivering much needed PPE in and out of hospitals, the couple cannot visit their family members like they want to. Their family and friends are what gets them through the tough times. And though they do not attach themselves to a specific religion, they attribute a lot of their happiness to a good relationship with God.


To support Victor Vera, click below. Or just tune into his show and feel good at Gecko Band Vallarta!

GoFundMe: https://gf.me/u/xukdbt

PayPal: victorpvrentas@gmail.com

Victor and Rosy are grateful to everyone who has supported them, and would especially like to thank:Dr. Celia Loaeza, from the Intensive Care Area of the Social Security Clinic #42, Dr. Adriana Robles from Social Security Clinic #170, Tony “Smurf” (my bass player and Patty his wife), Dr. Ramon Samayoa to the new Medical Specialties Clinic, Juan Carlos Lopez from Roxy Rockhouse, Vanessa Lopez from the Social Security Clinic #170, Dr. Cynthia Zendejas from the Social Security Clinic #170, Nurse Yolanda Padilla from the Social Security Clinic #170, Nurse “Estelita” from the Social Security Clinic #42, Dr. Villarauz from the Social Security Clinic #170, Radiologist Salvador Delgado from the Social Security Clinic #42.  



75 thoughts on “Music, Mexico and Making a Difference: The Gecko Band Is So Much Fun!

    1. Che and Rosy and such good people. They give, help and do the right thing constantly. The are the GOODNEES, KINDNESS and LOVE. sprinkled with LOTS OF FUN.

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    2. Victor and a Rosy set an example of how we should all live our lives, with compassion, generosity, passion and a commitment to help others. Whenever there is a need, they take up the cause and make it happen to better the lives of those less fortunate. From their newest endeavour, “Who Cares for Them” which raises money to bring much needed supplies to doctors and nurses and hospital staff to the “Hand to Hand Brigade” which helps those in need of medical attention or food or supplies like after hurricane Wilma. And the many fundraisers Victor and the Gekko band do for the local food bank. True humanitarians!

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    1. Hand To Hand Brigade should be called heart to hand. They provide so much for our community…for people who can’t afford medical treatment to Christmas baskets for the elderly. Rosy and Victor are the most kind and loving people I have ever known.

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  1. the world would be such a more pleasant place if we had more people like Victor and Rosy. May they both be blessed with many years of happiness

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    1. Victor and Rosy are true Angels of the bay!!! They have hearts of gold and will and do anything they can to help people in needl!!! The Gecko Band is fantastic and they do enjoy entertaining us all!!! We are so blessed to have Victor and Rosy!!! Gracias for all you guys do!!! We luv ya

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  2. Beautiful, kind and talented people who are always willing to lend a helping hand. We are proud to call them our friends

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  3. Victor and Rosie are amazing people. The group’s they have formed to help others is fabulous. Keep up the great work. Love watching your live living room concerts, it bring a smile to my face everytime. Stay safe my friends. We all love you.

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  4. Rosy and Victor are truly amazing people who take caring for other’s to the up most level of human kindness. You can see the love and gratitude they have for their viewers through their live shows. Rosy and Victor you are role models for us all. Through your amazing work it makes people stop and think how can they do better for humanity. To top it off man can you sing! XO

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  5. A beautiful and inspiring couple with so much talent and heart. They’ve provided an outlet for me to feel included in such a time of loneliness. 💕 Much love from Surrey, BC.

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  6. They are too wonderful people doing a lot for the community as well as bringing a lot of great talent! And who knew she Victor could even be a chef? All very entertaining and helping us get through the COVID-19! Thank you so much for all your entertainment and for being a good friend♥️

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  7. Che Victor and Rosy are Fabulous People and True from the Heart, they are so caring and do what needs to be done to help so many. They are very busy organizing and donating. Che Victor also is the lead singer in the Gecko Band, which are AWESOME and we enjoy them at different venues in Puerto Vallarta every Winter. Now they are doing live feed on FB from their home to ours, at Club 184 Living Room Sessions, to entertain us a few days a week, and we so much enjoy seeing them..and reading all the comments for so many others who enjoy the one hour show as well. Che Victor even does some cooking, Awesome! he’s just a natural, he is capable of anything, with Rosy by his side..
    Love these two… God sent them here for a reason, and they are doing it.. Amen

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  8. This Band is helping so many people in Puerto Vallarta, they work so hard every day.
    Bringing supply’s to people who need them.
    THEY Need TO BE ON THE ELLEN SHOW.

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  9. This Band is helping so many people in Puerto Vallarta, they work so hard every day.
    Bringing supply’s to people who need them.
    THEY Need TO BE ON THE ELLEN SHOW.

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  10. Che Victor and his wife Rosie are such beautiful and kind souls. Helping so many people always. Music is one of they’re ways of giving back.

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  11. They always do so much for the community and they are doing way more now. You should see some of the videos they post! Awesome people, great band.

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  12. I have had the amazing opportunity of meeting this man Che Victor in PV Mexico. I have gone to many of his fundraisers and always hit the local places his band “The Gecko Band” plays while we are vacationing in Mexico 15 yrs now.
    This man is selfless and is always on board to make people’s lives safer and better! I am humbled by his passion for people and need to always help.
    We love you out here in Canada Che Victor.
    Thank you at this time of need for donating your time life and efforts to make other people’s lives better and safer…. you are a true giver.
    I am honoured to have met you, know you and look forward to all the positive you not only bring to my life but into everyone else’s too.
    Thank you 🙏

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  13. Victor and Rosie the soul of the gecko band, with a very big heart, always have time to help in difficult times! .. long life and rock n roll !!

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  14. What a great band. Greg and I dance all night long!!! Kudos to Victor and Rosie for all their help during this pandemic.😍😍😍

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  15. Great job Victor & Rosy, helping from the heart to others, hospitals and doctors in need of more masks or sanitizers today , aid to people in natural disasters last year, even fellow musicians! Proudly I can say… Way to go Brigada mano en mano Compadres! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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  16. These people are so wonderful not only are they a great entertaining band but the are always helping people in some way or other. During this time of the covid 19 they have put themselves out there to help so many people and they always do it with a smile on their faces. We love you the Gecko Band and keep up the awesome job you will not meet people that are as selfless as them.

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  17. some of the most Humble and Giving people i have ever had the pleasure to meet. what they do for the communities and surrounding areas is a godsend. Truly remarkable people

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  18. Gracias for the BIG GUY guideng me to meet you two! We are truly Blessed! Keep up being YOU and doing what you do! ME + US love Yous!

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  19. Wow. How nice is to read such wonderful and kind comments. THANK YOU ALL!
    We are just instruments of the REAL Angels. All the people who have helped.
    LOVE YOU ALL GUYS!
    This is what the world needs now so urgently.
    LOVE AND EMPATHY
    ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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  20. Not only do Che Victor and the Gecko band entertain, they are wonderful humanitarians. Victor and Rosy are always helping and putting others first, in a city that is just entering phase 3 of this pandemic they are collecting and distributing much needed supplies to the hero’s on the front lines, as well as food and necessities to those who do not have anything. Well done my friends.

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  21. Una pareja excepcional Victor y Rosy con un corazón muy grande para ayudar a todos los que pueden en situaciones difíciles. Que Dios los bendiga y creo que todo lo que uno hace regresa multiplicado.

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  22. Both Rosy and Victor are very humble persons. Giving and helping when and where they can. They are the real deal and now with Covid 19 they have gone beyond their own safety against this deadly virus to receive and disperse much needed supplies and food to those in need. They have given so much support to their community and are the true heroes of our time. I’m blessed to know them.

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  23. Love Victor and Rosy and all the Gecko band… love to see them when visiting Puerto Vallarta… an excellent band but the best part is they are such lovely people and always go above and beyond to help the less fortunate!
    They have been helping others long before the Covid19 crisis…Thanks for all you do and for the great Club 184 sessions to help us through these tough days …

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  24. Love Victor and Rosy and the whole Gecko band… Love to see them when we are in PV… An excellent band but the best part is they are all truly lovely people. Always going above and beyond to help the less fortunate. They have being helping others long before Covid19 hit us… Look forward to the living room sessions at Club 184… a little something to look forward to in these trying times.. Thanks for all you do!

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  25. Che Victor and Rosy are two wonderful earth angels who have been helping there local people in this time of crisis. I love there band as well. they both have a heart of gold and give so much to not only there own in Mexico but they also like to include us in Canada and US and all over the world to be treated like family to them. Love them dearly.
    Marie Raeburn Kelowna , BC.

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