Even with all the cancellations that have been occuring this month (Kumbia AllStarz, Juan Gabriel, Marco Antonio Solis, Seu Jorge and more), there are still lots of good concerts for Latin music fans this July. Of special note is the 100% Colombiana event at Madison Square Garden and the Premios Juventud Award show that will be broadcast live from Florida.
1. Paulina RubioMexican pop diva Paulina Rubio continues her tour this month. The tour started on the heels of Rubio's wedding; she married Spanish businessman Nicolar Vallejo Nagera in May. The ceremony took place at Xcaret, an ecotourism park on Mexico's Caribbean coast.
By the way, Nagera was appointed head of musically inclined LATV in March.
July 1: Tucson, AZ - Desert Diamond Center
July 3: Albuquerque, NM - Kiva Auditorium
July 5: San Antonio, TX - San Antonio Municipal Auditorium
July 6: Hidalgo, TX - Dodge Arena
July 8: El Paso, TX - El Paso County Coliseum
2. Calle 13Anyone who has seen Calle 13's "Tango del Pecado" knows that Puerto Rico's Residente (Rene Perez) and Visitante (Eduardo Cabra) perform music that goes much further than simple reggaeton. Blending Latin funk and hip hop with reggae, tango, cumbia and anything else that catches their fancy, Calle 13's lyrics are clever and often humerous, masking social commentary with a witty story line.
July 12: Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues
July 13: New York, NY - Nokia Theatre Times Square
July 14: Chicago, IL - Congress Theatre
July 20: Ventura, CA - Ventura Theatre
July 21: Costa Mesa, CA - The Pacific Amphitheatre( with Alexis & Fido)
July 22: Las Vegas, NV - The Joint at Hard Rock Hote
3. Premios Juventud 2007Premios Juventud is the Univision-sponsored competition in which Spanish-speaking (or simply Spanish-understanding) youth can pick their favorite Latin pop stars. The awards will be broadcast live on July 19th. Attending the event will make for an exciting evening with not only lots of your favorite pop stars performing musical acts, but the chance for the camera to catch you in the act of enjoying the evening.
By the way, if you haven't cast your ballot for your favorite performers, there's still time to vote.
July 19: Coral Gables, FL - BestUnited Center
4. 100% ColombianoIf you're as big a fan of Colombian music as I am, this is the concert to attend this month. Although the program is subject to change, right now the roster includes Jorge Celedon & Jimmy Zambrano, Orquesta Guayacan, Fonseca, Herbert Vargas and Silvestre Dangond.
Get a preview by watching Celedon perform "Cuatro Rosas", Fonseca perform "Como Me Mira" or Orquesta Guayacan with "Doble Traicion".
July 27: New York, NY - WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden
5. Pepe AguilarPepe Aguilar is one of the most popular singers of Mexican ranchera performing today. Two large venues ensure that fans will have a chance for a good seat to see Aguilar and, if you catch him in Las Vegas, maybe your luck will continue at the gaming tables or slots.
July 27: Fresno, CA - Save Mart Center
July 28: Las Vegas, NV - Caesars Palace
6. AventuraIf you love the music of the Dominican Republic, Aventura's unique mix of bachata with hip hop, r&b and reggaeton is a crowd pleaser. You'll probably also be able to see Aventura at the Premios Juventud awards on July 19th.
July 14 : Orlando, FL - House of Blues
July 20 : Atlanta, GA - The Arena at Gwinnett Center
7. IntocableIntocable's popularity is huge with fans of tejano/norteno music. The group is from Zapata, TX, so their fan base tends to be in the Southwestern U.S., and that's where you'll get a chance to enjoy the group in July.
July 14 : Fresno, CA - Fresno Convention Center
July 20 : El Paso, TX - El Paso County Coliseum
July 21 : Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center
8. JaguaresIf rock-en-espagnol makes your body move, there's not many bands better than Mexico's Jaguares (Jaguars). You can catch them on both coasts, and in the middle!
July 1: Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
July 21: Universal City,CA - Gibson Amphitheatre
July 24 & 25 : New York, NY - HighLine Ballroom
9. ReikMexicali's Reik started out as an alternative pop band, but lately they've been garnering a lot of attention and moving into the mainstream with award nominations at the Latin Grammy's, Premio Lo Nuestro and Premios Juventud.
July 7: San Antonio, TX - Majestic Theatre