Fillmore Miami Beach
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Over the weekend, fans filled the Fillmore Miami Beach for a sold-out night full of rhythm and romanticism as 24-year-old Spanish singer Pablo Alborán performed for the first time in the United States.
Earlier this month, when we here at Crossfade spoke with Alborán, he confessed: "I want to thrill people with my music."
And at the Fillmore, he certainly did.
In just three years, Alborán has become a pop phenomenon in his native Spain and all around the world. And his most recent Spanish tour was such a huge success that he decided to set out for Latin America and the United States.
On Saturday night, his trek across the Americas began in Miami.
The show got started at 8:30 p.m., with Alborán singing "Toda la noche".
The crowd welcomed him with flags and banners from all over the world. The setting was very intimate, and accompanied by his full band, Alborán played hits from each of his three albums: Pablo Alborán, En Acústico, and Tanto.
It was difficult to tell which of Alborán's songs were the most popular.
But it was clear that every person in the audience was a big fan. They sang all the songs from the beginning to the end.
Alborán smiled all night long. He crooned. He flirted. He played nearly every instrument on the stage. And there were many standout moments.
The most romantic moments: "Dónde está el amor," "Perdóname," "Quién," and "Tanto."
The most surprising moment: "You Were Always on My Mind," a cover of Willie Nelson's classic, which Pablo sang flamenco style.
The most emotional moments: "Solamente tu" on solo piano and "Te he echado de menos" played on acoustic guitar, while "El beso" was dedicated to those who fall in love and don't care what people say.
After only a few years in the spotlight, the Spanish singer performed as if he had been doing it for a decade.
Sure, he may have become a star in a very short span of time, but his compositions, his voice, and his talent on the guitar, piano, and drums are extraordinarily impressive for a musician of his age who's ascended so quickly.
So expect Pablo to be in the spotlight for many years to come.
In our interview with Alborán, we asked him what could we expect from this show.
He said: "It's going to be a concert full of emotions but also very dynamic. We will dance and also be romantic. I'm really looking forward to looking everybody in the eyes and just letting go."
So yes, it was clear that Pablo considered this concert to be a very special occasion. So did his fans. And it lived up to everyone's expectations.
At the end of the concert, Alborán tweeted his thanks to Miami. He gushed about really connecting with the audience and he joked about leaving his voice with his admirers.
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In his words, it was a night full of magic. And we can't disagree.
-- Luz Elena Silva
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