Argentine pop star Diego Torres is a patriot, a proud citizen of the Western Hemisphere, and a total soccer junkie.
Just last week, Torres debuted a catchy little ditty called "Creo en America" ("Believe in America"), a feel-good, finger-snapping slice of Pan-Americanism that he helped write specifically for the Copa América 2011 soccer tourney, hosted this year by his tierra patria.
With an assist from Brazilian babe Ivete Sangalo, Colombiano hip-hoppers Choq Quib Town, dancer dudes in fedoras, hyperactive cheerleaders, and a guy with a tiny guitar, Torres spread his message of hope, innocence, and winning: "I want to celebrate this occasion/A world without rancor/And without borders/Yes, in America/I believe, believe, believe, believe!"
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And if saying it four times doesn't sufficiently convey Diego's intense belief in his country, continent, and the game of fútbol, he's gonna end the performance and punctuate the point by banging a giant gong, over and over, till you get it, chabon.
Diego Torres. Saturday, June 11. Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. The believing begins at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $38.50 to $58.50 plus fees via livenation.com. Call 305-673-7300 or visit fillmoremb.com.