Juanes - La Vida Tour Concert Recap

Last night 4 Puerto Ricans, ranging in age from 10 to 52, all went to see Juanes, our favorite Columbian. I've been a fan since the day my mom introduced me to his music and I cannot say enough about the way he manages to deliver fantastic messages of reform, peace and romance in every song. People are always surprised to learn that I even listen to latin music, but A) Yes, I'm Latina & B) I love music - language doesn't matter to me.

It’s been 2 years since Juanes came to San Jose State (the Mi Sangre tour) - which was a fantastic show in a small setting. This time he came to the Shark Tank - a hockey arena. So I bought us all amazing seats up close so that we could hear him and see him clearly.

Me, mom, Starlight and Dad (he's the one looking away)

Me, mom, Starlight and Dad (he's the one looking away)

Juanes is humble rocker whose music celebrates life and aims to lift up those who struggle. With lyrics that speak about love, war and social injustice, Juanes manages to speak to latinos from different countries while still keeping us dancing. When he took the stage last night, Juanes immediately set the tone for the rest of the evening by starting off with "A Dios Le Pido" ("I Ask God"). Opening the show with a fan favorite from a prior album was Juanes' way of welcoming us into his musical world. For the next two hours we were treated as his special guests.

Juanes was on the guitar for most of the night.

Juanes was on the guitar for most of the night.

Throughout the night Juanes and his band rocked with that sexy swagger that cannot be faked. From salsa-infused surprising classics like "Rebelion" to heartbreaking new music like "Minas Piedras" -  a song about the destruction caused by land mines - this was an incredible show.

The set list was varied with old and new songs, upbeat tempos and ballads. Juanes performed songs from his new album, La Vida...Es Un Ratico as well as songs from Mi Sangre, Fijate Bien and Un Dia Normal. Always giving his fans what they want, and always gracious and thankful on stage, Juanes was even able to impress my dad.

Watching my daughter sing along with my parents to songs like "Volverte a Ver", "La Paga", "Nada Valgo Sin Tu Amor" and of course, the crowd favorite, "La Camisa Negra", was heartwarming. I love that 3 generations of music lovers can come together to enjoy an event like this. Sharing music, really good meaning music with a message, in Spanish. Juanes is our like our little Bono, pero con sabor.

Set list:

  • A Dios le Pido
  • No Creo En El Jamas
  • Mala Gente
  • Clase De Amor
  • La Noche
  • Un Dia Normal
  • Fotografía
  • Volverte a Ver
  • Gotas de Agua Dulce
  • Bandera de Manos
  • Suenos
  • Bailala
  • Para Tu Amor
  • Me Enamora
  • La Paga
  • Hoy Me Voy
  • Es Por Ti
  • La Camisa Negra
  • Difícil
  • Tres
  • Nada Valgo Sin Tu Amor
  • Rebelion

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