Posts Tagged ‘concert’

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.

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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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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