Even after a 40-minute set, Reventón Super Estrella fans wanted more Paulina Rubio. (Ramon Aviles/LOL-LA)
This year’s Reventón Super Estrella was lots of fun, and it might very well have to do with the fact that it featured a diverse musical lineup.
Latin pop icon Paulina Rubio, Latin alternative studs Café Tacvba, Argentine rockers Enanitos Verdes, cumbia legends Los Angeles Azules, ska band Maldita Vecindad, Spanish/Venezuelan rock gem Mikel Erentxun, alternative rockers Kinky, 1980s pop trio Flans and Mexican cover band Moderatto all performed on Saturday, July 18 during Reventón Super Estrella at Staples Center in Downtown.
Reventón Super Estrella didn’t officially sell out (like it did in 2014) as it was expected to, but the venue still appeared to be about 98-percent full. The fun started at 6 p.m. sharp and finished (after 5.5 hours) at 11:30 p.m.
Up first was Mikel Erentxun. During his 20-minute set, the 50-year-old solo artist (since 1992) delivered the catchy “A Un Minuto De Ti” on top of “Esta Luz Nunca Se Apagara.” He was the perfect opening act for all that followed.
Innovative as ever and now 10-year residents of Los Angeles, Kinky appeared next with their alternative sound fusing Latin music, rock, dance and techno. The five-member band, originally of Monterrey, Mexico, provided an immediate spark during the event. I mean, everything they did (vocals, dancing, instrument playing) on stage was prolifically rad. For its upbeat tunes and lyrical meaning, hands down the crowd’s favorite track was “Hasta Quemarnos.” Kinky was the only act I believe deserved much more playing time, as 20 minutes simply wasn’t enough for them to bust out musically.
After Moderatto, the forever beautiful and goddess-like Paulina Rubio enticed with a 40-minute set that let fans wanting more, much more. Wearing what appeared to be a Lady Gaga-inspired outfit, Rubio began her performance with her latest single, “Mi Nuevo Vicio,” before continuing with the futuristic “Ni Una Sola Palabra.” She also sang “Yo No Soy Esa Mujer” and “El Ultimo Adios” among several others from her catalogue of classic hits.
Another act that deserved more time on stage was Los Angeles Azules, an orchestra featuring both men and women on instruments and vocals to some darn entertaining cumbia folklore. The 25-minute energetic set was comprised of “Cómo Te Voy A Olvidar,” “El Liston De Tu Pelo,” “Mi Niña Mujer,” “17 Años” and more.
While Flans brought back memories, Café Tacvba took over the stage with no fear whatsoever. They performed their romantic piece “Eres” and the Andean-inspired “Olita Del Altamar” among others while their 50-minute set electrified.
Maldita Vecindad closed the show with mosh pit-type vibes right after Enanitos Verdes gave an impeccable 45-minute set highlighted by their massive Latin American hit, “Lamento Boliviano.”
In the end, the near 16,000 in attendance went their respective ways rather enthused and very pleased.