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Like it or not, Coldplay has been confirmed as the headliner for the 2016 Super Bowl Half-time Show. Some aren’t happy, as expected, but Coldplay’s 15 year career and over 80 millions records sold prove that they deserve to headline this show. From the moment “Yellow” hit the radio in 2000 through now, the band has contributed great music through the years. “Clocks”, “Fix U”, “Viva La Vida”, “Paradise”, are just a handful of hits. True, the band may be a bit light (or slow) for the show but they have a few up beat hits and that’s why they’re inviting Bruno Mars to join them on stage. I recommend they bring in their buddy DJ Avicii to help them out with some EDM and back them up for “A Sky Full of Stars”. If you’ve ever been to a Coldplay concert, you know you leave in awe at the end of the night and in a great mood. The music, the band, the lights, the visuals all contribute to making you feel this way and I can’t wait for the band to bring this to the Super Bowl.

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Red Bull once again brought 30 days in L.A. for the month of November, with one musical act, a night, at venues throughout the city. The tix were only $15 bucks and most of the venues were small club-size places. I got lucky enough to score tix for Big Sean at the Hollywood Palladium this past weekend. I missed the opening acts and arrived at 11:00 pm, just in time for the man of the night. Big Sean came out pumped up and took the fans through his mixtape songs, to his biggest hits, and even threw in the EDM “Open Wide” from his recent collab with Calvin Harris. I was really expecting a Drake, Kanye, hell even a Nicki surprise but no major guests stopped by except for Jhene Aiko. To me, she’s huge and I’m a big fan but she hasn’t yet hit it mainstream and many might not know who she is. Anyways, she came out and performed “Beware” and “I Know”, her two collabs with Big Sean. Big Sean was gracious enough to share two previews of new songs he has ready to come out soon and the crowd went crazy listening to them. At almost 90minutes, the rapper was being told it was time to end the night but not before finishing with one of the best FU to your ex songs in recent years “I Don’t Fuck With You”. Great show, great venue, great price…only in L.A.

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Coachella, listen up! We need a little more Latino music representation at the festival. You guys have done a great job in the past with acts like: Caifanes, Cafe Tacvba, and Julieta Venegas, among others but we need a little more sprinkling of Latino flavor. Below are a few suggestions for your 2016 line up, which I will be a part of during weekend one. I plan to post a few more suggestions in the near future but for now here you go, take note!

Natalia Lafourcade– She’s been a well-known indie pop girl for many years and lately, it looks like her exposure is going beyond Mexico. The Latin Grammys have taken noticed, nominating her 5 times for her most recent album. I hope you guys have her in your radar too!

La Santa Cecilia– A local L.A band that has been blowing up in the last couple of years. Winners of a Latin Grammy in 2014 for best rock/alt Latino album. They would bring the cumbia and make the people dance to a whole different rhythm under the Coachella sun.

Kat Dahlia– Esta Cubanita has some serious skills that made me take notice with her 2013 debut “Gangsta”. I saw her live a year ago at a small club in LA and she performed to a full house. With the new material she released this year, she would bring some cool Spanglish hip hop vibe to the Gobi or Mojave tent.

Kinky– Sure, they’ve been there a couple times before but that was over 10 years ago. They’ve created some amazing material since, it’s time to bring these guys from Monterrey back. They can rock, pop, dance, and play one hell of an accordion.

La fiesta continue para un segundo dia y el ambiente siguio igual de prendido como el dia anterior. El dia de Domingo se vio con las presentaciones de Gloria Trevi, La Arrolladora Banda el Limon, 3BallMTY, y cerrando como se debe cerra la noche, el Sr. Juan Gabriel. Me encanto que 3BallMTY tocaron en el Dance Hangar stage que era un escenario pequeno y nos dio la oportunidad de ver a estos chicos up close. El highlight de la noche fue poder ver a Juan Gabriel cantar exito tras exito por casi dos horas y ver al alrededor a toda la gente cantando sus canciones y disfrutando al maximo su presentacion. El press release de Univeral Musica nos dice que ubieron 35,000 personas en asistencia y espero que sea exito suficiente para poder tener este mismo festival otra vez en 2016. Mis recomendaciones seria un lugar mas pequeno y mas central a Los Angeles. Me gusto mucho la idea de los diferentes escenarios con diferentes generos, espero que continue este set up. La idea de combinar el arte latino a este festival tambien fue genial y espero lo continuen. Una buena idea para el festival en 2016 es tenerlo en el mes de Septiembre, ya que es Hispanic Heritage month aqui en los Estados Unidos y seria una buena celebracion para nuestra gente.

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I first discovered Linda Ronstadt in the late 80’s when my mom took me to Linda’s concert for Canciones de Mi Padre. I remember enjoying the full concert, mostly because I’ve always liked mariachi music. A few years later I saw Linda performing an English song on TV at the Grammys with Aaron Neville. I wasn’t familiar with her music history and I was immediately interested in discovering more. This search took me to the early 70’s with pop/rock; into the 80’s with pop standards and country; and finally to this Grammy performance of “Don’t Know Much”. I instantly became a fan and listened to her music as I grew up into adulthood. A few years ago, I heard Linda had retired from singing due to Parkinson’s. I was bummed because I would not be able to see her live in concert again but this week I was lucky enough to see her in person and hear her life story. Linda shared her life story for almost two hours at the Valley Performing Arts Center but it wasn’t enough. Her life story is as amazing and eclectic as her music. From her childhood in Tucson, to being part of the rock movement of the 70’s, to crossing over from English to Spanish with her Mariachi album…what an amazing career. Dan Guerrero, who is also a friend of Linda, was the interviewer and kept the conversation moving smoothly and provided some laughs throughout the night. I don’t usually pay to go see someone speak (I rather spend that money on concerts) but this was a exception and I’m glad I went. Also glad to hear Linda give praise to Brittany from Alabama Shakes, when she was asked about today’s music scene. Now the question is when will we get a Linda Ronstadt movie…I’ll even settle for a TV movie.

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