(l-r) Mijares and Emmanuel perform together on Friday, March 13, 2015 during their "Two'r Amigos" show at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. (Ramon Aviles/Living Out Loud LA)
That’s how old Latin pop music singers Emmanuel and Mijares are, respectively. But on Friday, March 13, 2015, they truly appeared to be in their 20s during their much-awaited “Two’r Amigos” show at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE.
The rather entertaining performance, which lasted well over 2 hours, had both artists depict much energy throughout. Unbelievable as it may sound, oftentimes when a live performer hits his/her late 50s, they not only experience a vocal decline but also undergo a lackadaisical demeanor. But that’s certainly not the case with Emmanuel or Mijares.
A full live orchestra accompanied both Mexican acts, who managed to sing in front of some of their close friends: actress Kate Del Castillo, actor Eduardo Verastegui, singer-songwriter Gian Marco and music producer Aureo Baqueiro.
Once 8:20 p.m. hit, Emmanuel and Mijares reached the stage while delivering Emmanuel’s “Bella Señora” together as a duet. It really was a perfect opening tune for the packed venue. The crowd, as expected, responded energetically while singing-a-long and dancing.
At an almost unnoticeable rapid pace, Emmanuel and Mijares then went on to collaborate on Mijares’ classy song, “Bella.” And again, the fans in attendance could identify themselves well with the piece.
Throughout the concert, Emmanuel and Mijares alternated in singing their classic hits. Mijares would come on for about 4-5 tracks and Emmanuel would then follow with 4-5 of his own.
Mijares, overall, surprised many of us. Not only was his powerful voice more alive than ever before, but this guy stole the show at times. In “No Se Murió El Amor,” Mijares captivated women’s hearts and captured every man’s attention. He appeared to have natural raspy vocals, here, but that didn’t undermine his pitch. Rather, it made it even more fascinating – to the extent that I’m still picturing that moment as I now write this story.
Mijares also dances. Ever since the start of his career, we’ve all known Mijares to be somewhat of a serious man, one who’s been mostly private. But it was quite fabulous to see him dance during the show, particularly in his electrifying rendition of “Soldado Del Amor” that felt more upbeat than usual – but that didn’t matter!
Emmanuel, on the other hand, has been very vocal most of his career and he’s not one to shy away from body movement while performing. In “El Rey Azul,” Emmanuel provided superb vocals as he danced in impressive fashion. Sporadically, he showed off his moon-walking skills and even went off on a pair of turns and twists while the clarinet came to be prominent a couple of minutes in. It was beautiful!
And, he of course provided all of his popular songs in the likes of “Pobre Diablo,” “Quiero Dormir Cansado,” and “La Chica De Humo” – which the audience absolutely loved.
All good things come to an end. When that time came and went, fans had enjoyed a special duet of Emmanuel and Mijares singing Emmanuel’s “Toda La Vida” – a piece that featured a spectacular set from the orchestra.