Juanes and Mon Laferte: Amarte Tour 2018

 Photos by Richard Gonzalez

Photos by Richard Gonzalez

It is undeniable that over his illustrious career, Juanes has made an indelible mark on Latin music. Since recording the Latin Grammy-winning duet “Amarrame” last year, however, he has found a kindred spirit in Mon Laferte. The success of the song coupled with the chemistry between the two artists has given way to the hugely successful Amarte Tour, which is currently making its way across North America and included a stop in San Antonio this past Sunday.

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There is no disputing that this is a Juanes tour. The singer is at a high point not only commercially but in his willingness to take risks and has an arsenal of classic songs to satisfy his loyal fan base. However, it may be argued that through her captivating performance, Mon Laferte makes a huge case for why this may be considered a joint headline tour.

From the moment Mon Laferte made her way to the stage she created an impressive aura both through the power of her vocals and the aesthetics of her stage set up. This is no small feat considering the large scope of the space. But whether you were up front or in the back row, once the show began, you couldn’t help but feel as though you were in an intimate lounge. 

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Her set time was just long enough to make it a perfect set of some of her best songs including “Amor Completo” and “Mi Buen Amor”—performed while scenes of iconic kisses from classic films played in the background. One of the highlights of the show was “No Te Fumes Mi Marijuana” that featured cascading marijuana leaves floating from the backdrop that created a sea of phones going up to capture the moment. Mon Laferte then brought out Juanes to perform “Amarrame” together, which served to showcase the chemistry between the two that makes you hope for a full duet album in the future. She then closed out her set with “Tu Falta De Querer” to an entranced crowd.

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Juanes is, of course, no stranger to theatrics, and from the start, he showed why he is one of the most longstanding Latin artists of the last few decades. His set opened with a video of Juanes as an astronaut on a ship that is falling from space onto a foreign land. At the moment of this crash landing, there was an explosion of lights and smoke on the stage where he ran to the mic and wasted no time kicking off with “A Dios Le Pido” before breaking into some newer songs from his most recent full length, Mis Panes Son Amarte. For “Fotografia” he once again dueted with Mon Laferte, who unsurprisingly, is the ideal fit to sit in for Nelly Furtado, who originally sang on the song. From there the Colombian singer returned to his roots with “La Tierra,” a song from his days with his first band Ekhymosis. You could see the excitement in his most die-hard fans. Juanes saved the best for last for the encore-closing of the show with “Volverte A Ver,” a cover of Juan Gabriel’s “Querida” and finally the powerful “La Luz. 

 Juanes and Mon Laferte Duet

Juanes and Mon Laferte Duet

Both Juanes and Mon Laferte have crafted a great relationship that will hopefully grow into further collaborations in the future. As long as they both keep pushing the boundaries of their creativity, they will no doubt continue to captivate audiences both together and separately. For those that are fortunate enough to catch the Amarte Tour, they are part of something special. The tour continues on May 9th in El Paso, Texas. 
 

Juanes and Mon Laferte - Amarte Tour 2018 Remaining Dates: 

May 9 -- El Paso, TX @ El Paso County Coliseum 
May 11 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre 
May 12 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum 
May 16 -- San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena at San Diego State University 
May 18 -- San Jose, CA @ City National Civic 
May 19 -- Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl at The Palms 
May 20 -- Temecula, CA @ Pechanga Theatre