4

Last Night: Juanes at the American Airlines Arena

Ivon David Rojas
^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

Click here to see a slide show of the concert.

A vociferous crowd nearly blew the roof off the building Saturday night with an impromtu, pre-concert rendition of Juanes' Me Enamora that shook American Airlines Arena.

Over 20,000 voices sang along to a skit on dual video platforms that showed the Colombian rocker making his way through traffic in a car before appearing on stage. And the peace-yearning, socially-conscious star returned the love with plenty of hair-raising guitar solos, a versatile vocal range and uncanny stage presence.

The 35-year-old singer impressed from the get go, opening with a hard-driving and guitar rippling version of peace anthem A Dios Le Pido that had them bouncing in the aisles before performing La Paga with ease.

Always one for social harmony and peace, Juanes implored that 'no matter where you're from, tonight there's just one flag... the one with peace and the one we all love." Juanes begged the audience to live life to the fullest, 'Life is a journey.. .We meet people, make some good choices, some bad choices." before breaking into an emotionally-charged solo of La Vida...Es Un Ratico.

He showed his soft side by serenading all the women in the house with a lovely and dead-on version of Gotas De Agua Dulce.

"Love life, love everyone," he said in Spanish. The 12-time Latin Grammy winner, and part-time Miami resident, went on to perform a blistering and prolonged encore of La Camisa Negra.

"Ayer me sabias a gloria, pero hoy me sabes a pura m......." he boasted with plenty of energy and clarity while toying with the strings of his electric guitar.

And as if that wasn't sufficient, Juanes paid tribute to Colombian salsa legend Joe Arroyo, while showing his own versatility, with Rebellion, which had everybody out of their seats and dancing. From the crowd's passion and admiration for a humble star to the peace and harmony left all over the AAA, there was plenty to love this night. -- Fernando Ruano Jr.

Critic's Notebook

PERSONAL BIAS: Despite anxious jeers from the crowd, opening act Antonio Carmona came through strong , especially with Para Que Tu No Llores, where he pays homage to people in need.

RANDOM DETAIL: Juanes seemed deeply touched with the manner in which he was lauded all night. Touching to say the least.

BY THE WAY: The slew of Colombian flags and sing alongs made for an intimate concert. Oh, and Colombian women continue to be the hottest in the world.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.