Over 30,000 Fans See The Latin Rock Superstar Backed By A Full Orchestra For the First Time. Gustavo Dudamel Makes Surprise Appearance Saturday To Conduct The Young Music Students of YOLA (Youth Orchestra LA) As They Accompany The Colombian GRAMMY Winner. Juanes Also Debuts A New Latin-infused-Version of Bob Marley’s Classic “Could You Be Loved”
“…he’s both the Beatles and Dylan for Rock en Español … The idea of music as a unifying force, the single language that all societies can understand, was the underlying theme … . It was truly an All-Americas music, it was obvious something special was being celebrated” – Orange County Register (see more below)
“Juanes continues to prove that he’s a mastermind in bridging the gap between languages and cultures, poverty and politics, love and despair in an enigmatic way that is both subtle and riveting… He preaches that regardless of the language one speaks, we are connected by culture, by our common humanity… His theory continually proved itself last night through the diversity in the crowd… Juanes delivered to his fans during two-and-a-half hour show …and it felt like there was no better place in the world” – OC Weekly (see more below)
“Juanes offers a historic concert at the Bowl: Juanes was right to predict that this would be a watershed moment… Juanes is a young artist, that has not done, and does not need to do, a cross-over attempt …as more than 17,000 souls got up to dance… you just had to look into the faces of those that didn’t understand the lyrics to realize that there was no need for it. His talent and charm enchanted everyone. …Now they know”
– La Opinion (brief translation)
“Latin rock star Juanes at a joyful new stage …Juanes hits the Hollywood Bowl this weekend with a revived connection to his music and life.” – Los Angeles Times – Friday Calendar Section COVER Preview.
Watch The Dramatic Concert Finale Here:
“Juanes, Dudamel’s YOLA light up Americas & Americans spectacular at the Bowl: Friday night’s Juanes concert at the Bowl was a lovefest. Juanes, the jaw-droppingly popular Colombian singer songwriter – he’s both the Beatles and Dylan for Rock en Español – declared his love for Los Angeles, as well as L.A. Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel, the Hollywood Bowl, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Youth Orchestra Los Angeles…The idea of music as a unifying force, the single language that all societies can understand, was the underlying theme of both the fest and this evening in particular. …Friday night’s program (which repeated Saturday;) was a winner from all standpoints. ..the music settled into a summery, pan-American groove. The lilting “Camisa Negra” was lent a rough edge by a banjo; it led into a cover of Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved,” an indication of both Juanes’ affinities and ambition … his urgency is equal to the reggae great’s. ..The ballad “Volverte a Ver” was gracefully rising; “A Dios Le Pido” ended the first half on an insistently swaying note. If the first half showed how easy it was for Juanes to embrace an orchestra, the second reversed the equation, with the [Hollywood Bowl Orchestra] assimilating Juanes into its expanse.
“Me Da Igual” was an oceanic, tempest-tossed lament, its queasy organ line rubbing against the strings; “Y No Regresas” brought more sorrowful uplift, what Coldplay would sound like absent Chris Martin’s humble-brag; “Azul Sabina” caught a whiff of New Orleans in its vaudeville soft-shoe. As pop fare, they would fit on radio beside Gotye and Maroon 5, while lacking their self-obsessed smarm, but here the orchestra added touches of classic Afro-Latino big bands. It was truly an All-Americas music, and by the time the fireworks accompanied “Odio Por Amor,” it was obvious something special was being celebrated” – Orange County Register.
“Juanes, accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, took the stage with the children of YOLA (Youth Orchestra LA) at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday. The concert was a gesture that showed his advocacy for music education as a resource for empowerment and advancement. The man born Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez continues to prove that aside from being a pop/rock heart throb, he’s also a mastermind in bridging the gap between languages and cultures, poverty and politics, love and despair in an enigmatic way that is both subtle and riveting…he spoke about the influence of music to connect us all. He preaches that regardless of the language one speaks, we are connected by culture, by our common humanity. His theory continually proved itself last night through the diversity in the crowd; elderly couples with a wine and cheese picnic basket, Asian young adults enjoying sushi, Colombians waving their flags, and plenty of seductively dressed young Latinas. After his rendition of his popular “La Camisa Negra” he followed up with a a note-worthy interpretation of Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved.” For his collaboration with YOLA, he chose three of his most hopeful and love-inspired songs: “Volverte a Ver,” “Es Por Ti” and “A Dios Le Pido,” …After the intermission, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra joined him and they interpreted Juanes’ hits in a beautiful fusion of classical, jazz, rock, and Caribbean, leaving one to question if they were ever intended to be heard any other way. The last song, “Odio Por Amor,” was an inspiring, bilingual call for unity and between the firework show that accompanied it and the children of YOLA that came on stage waving the flags of the countries in the Americas, it felt like there was no better place in the world that embodied this than the cultural cauldron that is Southern California. Juanes delivered to his fans during two-and-a-half hour show. …it was his performance of “Difícil” that really stole the show. It was the most raw, emotional, and honest I have seen him perform. Again, Juanes’ appeal shows that modern Latin pop is not always about filling a set with obligatory dance songs about love song and heart-break. His set tells the story of his life and that’s the type of honesty and openness that his fans loyally connect with.”
- OC Weekly: http://blogs.ocweekly.com/heardmentality/2012/08/juanes_with_the_hollywood_bowl.php
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· Tune In To NPR’s “Tell Me More” On August 23rd For An Extensive Interview and In-Studio Acoustic Performance With Juanes.
You Can Also Listen To A Recent Profile From NPR’s Morning Edition Here:
Juanes’ Next U.S. Concert Appearance Will Be The Highly-Anticipated First Latin Music Concert The New Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Juanes & His Fellow GRAMMY Winner Juan Luis Guerra Will Co-Headline At The Soon-To-Open State Of The Art Arena On November 24th: