1. Ricky Martin
This is the month for Ricky Martin's Black & White Tour, promoting his Ricky Martin MTV Unplugged album. From the previews of the concert, this is bound to be the event of the month. There are quite a few concert dates in April, finishing up in May. You can see the concert schedule at:
Following last year's Cautivo, Chayanne's new release Mi Tiempo is coming out this month and, with it, a tour that starts the middle of the month. I know I wouldn't mind getting in to see an artist that just keeps getting better and better.
3. La 5a Estacion
Formerly from Madrid, currently from Mexico, La 5a Estacion got a great reception at the Premio Lo Nuestro awards earlier this year. From the reaction of the audience, this is a pop/rock band with lots of fans. Take the opportunity to hear them live, and you'll know why.
Apr. 12 - Austin, TX - Paradox
Apr. 13 - San Antonio, TX - Club Rio San Antonio
Apr. 21 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
4. Sin Bandera
Leonel Garcia (Mexico) and Noel Schajris (Argentina) are Sin Bandera. Their name means 'without a flag', their music is great Latin pop and west coast fans will have a chance to hear them this month.
Apr. 19 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel
Apr. 21 - Hollywood, CA - Kodak Theater
Apr. 22 - San Diego, CA - 4th & B
Mexico City's Molotov is a favorite of rock-en-espagnol fans; here's a chance to see them live. Three of the concerts also feature countrymen El Gran Silencio, along with Los Abandoned.
Apr. 3 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theatre
Apr. 4 - Sunnyvale, CA - Barcelona
Apr. 8 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues (with Cabula)
Apr. 12 - San Antonio, TX - Lonestar Pavilion at Sunset Station
Apr. 13 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theater
With El Gran Silencio and Los Abandoned:
Apr. 6 - Anaheim , CA - Grove of Anaheim
Apr. 7 - Phoenix, AZ - Corona Ranch and Rodeo Grounds
Apr. 15 - Mequite - TX - Resistol Arena
6. Julieta Venegas
Julieta Venegas has had quite a year with her award winning album Limon Y Sal. Most of her concerts have been on the west coast, so it's great to see she's giving other parts of the country a chance to enjoy her music.
Apr. 12 - NY, NY - B.B. King's Blues Club
Apr. 13 - Chicago, IL - Congress Theatre
Apr. 14 - Miami Beach, FL - Jackie Gleason Theater
Apr. 19 - San Antonio, TX - Lila Cockrell Theater
Apr, 26 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theatre
Apr. 26 - Sunnyvale, CA - Barcelona
7. Del Castillo
Del Castillo's Brotherhood was one of my favorite albums last year. I also had a chance to see them live in October and would recommend the experience to one and all.
Apr. 10 - New Orleans, LA - The Parish At House of Blues
Apr. 17 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
Apr. 18 - Orlando, FL - The Social
Apr. 20 - Tampa, FL - Orpheum
8. Los Tigres del Norte
Los Tigres have had quite a year. Their new album Detalles which is taking the Latin music airwaves by storms and they've just received the award as BMI Icons of the year. This concert is in their home town, so it should be well worth catching.
Apr. 7 - San Jose, CA - San Jose McEnery Convention Center
Ozomatli new album Don't Mess With The Dragon comes out this month, and I think it's their best one yet. Here's a chance to see a group that always sounds like it's partying - and party with them. Next month they're performing with the Kumbia All Starz, so that should be a special treat.
Apr. 18 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
Apr. 21 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
10. A Few Great Salsa Concerts
None of these concerts are at huge venues, but if you love salsa and you're in the neighborhood, they're not to be missed.
Apr. 20 - McLean, VA
Apr. 12 - Orlando, FL
Apr. 18 - Chicago, IL
Apr. 13 - Chicago, IL