There are many who are reading this and wondering whether it was worth it to travel an hour to Long Island at the Nassau Coliseum for SBS Entertainment’s latest showcase “Amor a Nuestra Musica.” Fortunately the heavy rains came after the show. Before that, all was sunny skies inside as ten artists provided four pulsating hours of music excellence.
The diversity of talent was veteran in general but full of quality. Lets do a mix of concert thoughts along with press room central news, shall we? Perceptions and observations usually tell the story. Karlos Rose has become a familiar opener for these showcases. In search of life after hit covers, Rose has always been accessable and for a young, talented artist he deserves more. His day is coming.
A double dose of the ladies followed in Shaila Durcal and Natalia Jimenez. Needless to say Shaila, daughter of Rocio Durcal was awesome with her futuristic outfit and psychodelic performance was quite eventful. Natalia, who proved to be quite engaging and humble in press central was the polar opposite on stage as her voice boomed throughout the arena to great admiration which was signified by silence and glued eyes on the television feed.
Victor Manuelle brought electricity to the central as the Salsa sensation, dressed in simple black showed how simple gestures could draw all eyes in a room and on stage, he is peerless when he is in that zone.
We make note of the details where radio personality AJ El Kallejero made the rounds in press central shaking hands and making sure all was well. Vladimir Gomez and his team of three held it all together well on this evening with organizational excellence. More artists were made available than usual which was a plus and after a break we got Jesse Y Joy, five time Latin Grammy winners, who have been doing this for nine years.
They drew quite a crowd as the sister-brother duo stayed for a while fielding questions and their performance on stage was a smooth tempo of guitar and voice bringing the crowd to a mellower feeling. Joy’s brother’s kiss on the cheek was symbolic of their familial unity this evening.
Ricardo Montaner was all presence on stage and Frank Reyes, always impeccably dressed in black suit posed for photographers and on stage this Bachata artist was the strongest of crooners leaving the fans breathless.
Luis Fonsi appearance in press central was brief but Luis along with his trusted guitar was all the words he needed. Pablo Alboran, whether as the piano man or walking the stage, left quite an impression.
But the night went up a notch with the presence of Gloria Trevi, who pleased by the year she has had and with television projects and others in the works, the 46 year old superstar has more to offer. Trevi answered questions, Trevi posed, and Trevi even agreed to a “groupie” shot with press row. On stage she ignored the only major sound hiccup to energize the arena with a powerful three song set.
All in all it was a very satisfying event and a great way to close out 2014, a year where SBS was quite active. Kudos to the organization for being effective where it counts.