Café Tacvba's 20ReCT25 Tour
Presented by Jack Daniel's
Olympia Theater at Gusman Center, Miami
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Last night, Mexican rock band Café Tacvba kicked off its 20ReCT25 Tour at the Olympia Theater in downtown Miami.
This tour is a celebration of the band's 25th anniversary, as well as the 20 years since its very successful second album, Re. That record changed the path of Café Tacvba's musical career and the course of contemporary Latin rock.
Re got mixed reviews when it was released in 1994. Some people just didn't get los Tacubos' style. Music critics said they were funny and didn't take them seriously.
But with songs like "Ingrata" ("The Ingrate") and "El Baile y el Salón" ("The Dance and the Ballroom"), they changed the way Spanish-language rock 'n' roll was perceived, and they defined a new generation of music in Latin America.
Now, 20 years later, Re is considered one of the most important albums in its genre. And the band members -- Rubén, Joselo, Meme, and Quique -- have stated that the album doesn't belong to them anymore. It belongs to the fans who have followed them all this time.
As expected, the Miami crowd sang and danced with Café Tacvba from beginning to end.
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Fans drove from different parts of Florida, near and far-flung, to see the band: Homestead, Naples, even Orlando. And before the concert started, all of these people from different cities and different countries exchanged stories about how the album Re reminded them of particular times, people, or places in their lives.
Los Tacubos, who wore different outfits throughout the night, played Re in its entirety, from "El Aparato" ("The Machine") to "El Balcón" ("The Balcony").
Songs like "Ingrata" and "Las Flores" ("The Flowers") made the fans jump and dance while the stage was completely electrified by the music, the light show, and the band's flashy metallic jackets.
After playing the full album as promised, los Tacubos pleased their guests by playing some of the biggest hits from their other albums. With such a long career, the list of requests was huge.
They started by playing a song, "María," from their first album. Then "Cómo Te Extraño Mi Amor" ("How I Miss You My Love") and "La Locomotora" ("The Locomotive"). It was hit after hit. And toward the end, one of the biggest ones was "Eres" ("You Are"), sang by Meme.
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It's really hard to imagine that these four have been together for 25 years already. But after seeing the way they still illuminate and invigorate a room like the Olympia Theater, it's as clear as ever why Café Tacvba has so deeply influenced Latin rock and managed to remain, for a quarter century, one of Latin America's favorite bands.
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