Here are my picks for this month's top concerts.
bachata from the Bronx boy band Aventura.
2. Luis MiguelLuis Miguel is smack in the middle of the tour promoting his new album, Complices. Another good reason for touring might be that the crooner of romantic ballads wants to get away from his turbulent and tabloid-worthy relationship with Aracely Arámbula, though I'm not sure how much truth there is in the scandal sheet reports. The couple just announced they are expecting their second child.
Ranchera king Vicente Fernandez seems to tour every fall, but then why not? He has nine big back-to-back dates at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles and there aren't many artists that can command that large an audience. I attended one of his concerts at the Gibson last fall and I can recommend not only the pleasure of watching this consummate performer, but the party atmosphere that seems to be part and parcel of a Fernandez concert.
4. Alacranes MusicalAlthough Alacranes Musical is originally from Durango, Mexico, they consider Chicago their U.S. home, so it's only appropriate that they should be celebrating their 10 year anniversary with a blow-out concert at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom.
- Oct. 4: Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom
Los Tigres del Norte continue their unusual tour this fall as they bypass conventional concert venues and instead hit rodeos and fairgrounds in order to make their music more available to the immigrant population that they tend to sing about.
6. Dos Ritmos Y Un Pueblo - Sergio Vargas, Tono RosarioHere's a concert that looks like a real winner. The title means two rhythms and one town. The rhythms are merengue and bachata, the town a metaphor for the Dominican Republic, the cast fantastic. You'll get to hear Sergio Vargas, Tono Rosario, Johnny Ventura, Eddie Herrera and more. How can you lose?
- Oct. 5: New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
7. Calle 13If urban music critics have a favorite band, it just has to be Calle 13, which has been sweeping up awards for the past few years (often to complaints by other reggaeton artists). The Puerto Rican duo has a new album, Los de Atras Vienen Conmigo, due out on Oct. 7th.
- Oct. 9: New York, NY - Nokia Theatre Times Square
- Oct. 10: Miami, FL - La Covacha
- Oct. 30: Chicago, IL - Volkan
- Oct. 31: Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
8. Marco Antonio SolisMexican pop singer/songwriter Marco Antonio Solis will take a break from writing some of the best pop tunes of the decade to go out and sing them himself - this month on the west coast.
- Oct. 10: San Jacinto, CA - The Arena - Soboda Casino
- Oct. 11: Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theatre LA Live
- Oct. 17: Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theatre LA Live
- Oct. 18: Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theatre LA Live
9. Julieta VenegasMexican rocker Julieta Venegas continues to entertain audiences around the country. Her 2008 album MTV Unplugged is up for several Latin Grammy awards in November; there's no doubt anymore that her popularity is coupled with critical acclaim.
- Oct. 10: Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theatre LA Live
- Oct. 11: San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
- Oct. 12: San Diego, CA - Spreckels Theatre
10. Ivy QueenReggaeton's queen has two dates this month, and I was thinking how interesting it would be to see her on the stage with Calle 13. From reports in the press, her feud with her fellow Puerto Rican artists is getting so vocal that if they were on a double bill, I think we'd really get to see a 'battle of the bands.'
- Oct. 10: Revere, MA - Lido Night Club
- Oct. 11: Lawrence, MA - Roxy Lawrence
11. Frank ReyesIt looks like a good month for the Dominican Republic as another big name in bachata, Frank Reyes, plays two dates.
- Oct. 19: Revere, MA - Lido Night Club
- Oct. 24: Kissimmee, FL - Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park
12. JaguaresThis has been a big year for Latin rock with some of the best albums coming from Mexican rockers. Jaguares will continue the trend with a good line-up of towns and venues.
- Oct. 3: Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
- Oct. 4: Dallas, TX - House of Blues
- Oct. 15: Atlanta, GA - Center Stage Theatre
- Oct. 16: Richmond, VA - The National
- Oct. 17: Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live!
- Oct. 18: New York, NY - Nokia Theatre Times Square
- Oct. 24: Miami Beach, FL - The Fillmore
- Oct. 30: Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
- Oct. 31: Chicago, IL - House of Blues