Posts Tagged ‘concert review’

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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Madonna showed L.A. last night why she is the Queen. Her concerts are not just concerts, they are some of the best live shows out there in any format. Besides the decades of hits, you also get the acrobatics, the amazing choreography and the state of the art stage. This is why she has some of the highest earning tours in history and I’m sure the Rebel Heart Tour will be among the top tours too. Yeah, you get a lot of the new stuff (which not everyone loves) but it blends in so well with the older songs that it all just feels like one great dance mix. She included some rarely performed classics for our show and the crowd was loving it. Some of them were: “Burning Up”, “True Blue”, “Deeper and Deeper”, “Dress You Up”, “Material Girl”, among many other classics. These are songs she has not performed in many many years. Of course, she also included the more popular hits “Like A Prayer”, “Vogue”, and “Holiday”. The prices tickets are high, VERY high, but you can see that your money is being well spent on the production of this extraordinary show. To be honest though, I would still pay this high price if only to hear some of those rare classics she performed last night. There were many celebrities in the audience (as they usually are in LA), which included: Beyonce, Jay Z, Salma Hayek, Queen Latifah among others. A very special guest, Katy Perry, was front and center and ended up coming up on stage to help with one of Madonna’s skit. That’s probably the one criticism I have of the show, less skits and “comedy” next time. Overall, Madonna proved that age is just a number and showed the younger pop tarts that they have VERY big shoes to fill and have to step up their game with their own concerts. As I stated in my first sentence, Madonna showed everyone why she is Queen.

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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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El primer L Festival tomo lugar este pasado fin de semana y parece que todo fue un exito. El primer dia del festival fue el Sabado y se vieron actuaciones de La Santa Cecilia, David Bisbal, Los Angeles Azules, Enrique Iglesias, Julion Alvarez entre muchos muchos mas. El set up de los diferentes escenarios con diferentes generos de musica fue genial. El principal escenario fue el Universal Stage y aqui fue donde estuvieron los bigger artists y donde estuverion la mayoria de la gente. Lo malo de esto fue que los otros escenarios y artistas mas pequenos no tuvieron mucho publico. Te todas maneras, fue una buena idea que espero continuen este set up el proximo ano. Lo interesante fue que Enrique Iglesias no cerro la noche, ya que el es una artista reconocido por todo el mundo en Espanol y Ingles. Aunque yo no sigo mucho la musica regional mexicana, tengo entendido que Julion Alvarez esta arrasando por donde quiera que va y es uno de los artistas del momento en este genero. Por esto, yo creo cerro la noch de Sabado ya que el publico del evento es mas entrado a este genero. Sea lo que sea lo bueno fue los artistas cantaron casi un set completo. No salieron a cantar cinco canciones nada mas, si no cantaron mas de una hora y esto fue increible con la magnitud de artistas (mas de 30!) que participaron. Eso solo fue el primer dia….todavia faltaba el Domingo!

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Janet Jackson came out swinging at the start of her show on Friday night, Ocotber 16, 2015 at the Forum in Los Angeles. She didn’t slow down until half way through the concert. Surprisingly, she managed to fit most of her hits and some songs from the new album Unbreakable into her almost 2hr show. She opened with “BURNITUP!” and jumped right into it, hit after hit after hit after hit- “Nasty”, “Feedback”, “Miss U Much”, and on. It really felt like a medley of over 30 songs. I didn’t feel like there wasn’t a real break until she slowed things a bit for some of her ballads, “Again”, “Come Back To Me”, “Let’s Wait Awhile”. She then amped things up again and ended the show with more hits and the last two songs were from her new album. At the end of the show, she had a nice surprise when her long-time producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis surprised her with flowers and the news that her song “No Sleeep” continues in the #1 R&B slot and shared the news with the crowd that her new album landed in #1 and she is one of  three artists to have a #1 album in the 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s, and 2010’s. The show was sold out and a much bigger venue compared to her last LA stop in 2011, where she performed at the much smaller Universal Amphitheater. Her dates for the Unbreakable Tour have been selling out at arenas and she will be coming back to LA to play the legendary Hollywood Bowl in May 2016. In attendance to Friday’s show were her family and many well-known celebrities, including Beyonce. It is safe to say that Janet’s absence for the last few years created a huge appetite for more Janet and the sold out shows and album sales are proof of this.

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