In a night of stars, Gerardo Ortiz’ star shined the brightest.
Sundays at Pico Rivera Sports Arena are well-known for being festive and for having some of the biggest acts in Latin American music. Well, on Sunday, Aug. 13, the renowned arena had arguably one of the biggest, most fun concerts of the year, as the Dos Mundos, Una Historia 5 Tour more than lived up to the hype that preceded it.
Gerardo Ortiz, Septima Banda and Regulo Caro were the top three acts in the sold-out show, but definitely weren’t the only ones people were buzzing about after the show. Normally for these shows, the crowd for the opening acts is relatively small. But most of the sold-out crowd was already inside the arena (though many were stuck in unbelievably long lines getting refreshments) when Lenin Ramirez and Kevin Ortiz hyped up the audience despite the afternoon heat that had yet to settle.
Ulices Chaidez y Sus Plebes came out afterward and had the crowd singing along to “Te Regalo” and “Porque Me Enamore?” Once Regulo Caro came out for his set (wearing the newly famous “Mexico Is The Shit” jacket) the arena was jam-packed, and he delighted his fans with the best songs from his repertoire.
Personally, the highlight of the night was La Septima Banda. As an artist I’d listened to very little, listening to their songs live and the show they put on was the highlight of the night; they are true showmen in every sense of the word. From their nonstop dancing, to the confetti that filled the air during their set, to their on-stage beer chugging they were one of the most fun bandas I’ve ever seen. They, alone, were worthy of headlining. Aside from playing their best hits, they did a great medley cover of Vicente Fernandez’s “El Rey” and Ramon Ayala’s classic, “Tragos De Amergo Licor” that nearly brought the house down.
Another surprisingly fun moment were the intermissions, when the arena’s PA system blared out singable tunes as fans waited for the next act. Whether it was Cristian Nodal’s “Adios Amor,” Fernandez’s “Volver Volver” or even Eazy-E’s “Boyz-N-The-Hood,” the crowd delightedly hoisted their drinks and sang along every song.
Not to be outdone, the biggest draw of the night was obviously Gerardo Ortiz. His on-stage charisma and star power are noticeable from beginning to end, with a musical repertoire to match. The Grammy nominated and Premio Lo Nuestro award winner from Pasadena was the main reason most people stood in the heat for hours to get a good spot to see his set, and he made it all worth it for them.
Whether it was “Quien Se Anima,” “Damaso” “Fuiste Mia” or any of his other smash hits, he sang each one with passion and style, and made it clear that there’s no venue too big for him. In a night of stars, his star shined the brightest.