Like cold beers and weekend trips to the nearest beach, live music is an essential ingredient for the spring and summer. All the arena tours, music festivals and intimate shows out there sometimes leave us overwhelmed with choices, so we narrowed it down to the best-of-the-best in upcoming shows, featuring some of our favorite Latin artists.
COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
Ozomatli, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Miguel, Bomba Estereo, Mariachi El Bronx, Caifanes and Los Bunkers are only some of the acts you’ll see perform alongside headliner Kanye West—if you were one of the lucky few to score tickets. The rest of us can catch the sold-out shows via webcast on the festival’s YouTube channel.
After sharing the stage with The Killers, Kanye West and Cypress Hill at the first-ever Lollapalooza Chile earlier this month, electro-Cumbia rockers Bomba Estereo are kicking off their stateside tour in Miami April 14.
April 20-May 1
Catch guitar legend Carlos Santana performing his greatest hits before time runs out on his long-running show, Supernatural Santana. The Mexican artist ends his two-year residency at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas on May 1.
Touring for the first time in nearly four years, Ricky Martin proves that his musica, alma and sexo are all still intact—in fact, they’re better than ever. The M.A.S. World Tour kicked off in his native Puerto Rico on March 25 and continues stateside until May 8.
New Orleans Jazz Festival
Historic JazzFest gets some Latin flavor this year with a performance by smooth Spanish crooner Alejandro Sanz—his first time hitting the stage stateside in nearly a year.
Leave your stilettos at home and put on your dancing shoes for Bruno Mars’ Hooligans in Wondaland tour, kicking off May 4. Janelle Monae will be joining the Grammy winner, making this a retro-soul-pop extravaganza we wouldn’t miss for the world.
LOS LONELY BOYS
Thousands of fans should make the Garza brothers less lonely when they bring their Texican style to the rest of the country this summer. They’ll be on tour to promote their recently released album Rockpango, with support from opening act Los Lobos.
Puerto Rican bad boys Visitante and Residente bring their stage-diving antics to us this summer with a mini-tour promoting their new album Entren Los Que Quieran. If you quieres, but don’t have the cash to entrar, watch them perform for free when they appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live on May 10.
Los Angeles, CA
No one but Ryan Seacrest has the power to pull together Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez and about two dozen other bold-faced names on the same stage for this must-see live show. Sponsored by LA radio station KISS FM—where Seacrest got his start and still hosts the morning show—the day-long annual concert is in its fourteenth year.
If you missed LuisMi while he toured the US earlier this year, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to catch him this summer when he hits the road—again—for the second leg of his self-titled tour to promote his latest, self-titled album.
WISIN Y YANDEL
If summer had an official soundtrack, it would be reggaeton. Wisin y Yandel are ready to give us our fix with a tour to support their latest album Los Vaqueros: El Regreso, with dates on the West Coast, East Coast and in Texas. If you don’t live near one of the few cities where they’ll be performing, this could be the perfect excuse for that road trip.
While her boyfriend the Biebs fights off fans around the globe, Selena is getting ready to hit the stage right here in the USA with her band The Scene for her first-ever full concert tour. The singer will release her third, as-yet-untitled album this summer and kick off her tour in Boca Raton on July 28.
LATIN ALTERNATIVE MUSIC CONFERENCE
New York, NY
For followers of Latin America’s indie music scene, attending the LAMC is an annual pilgrimage not to be missed. The four-day event is packed with panels, shows and parties, making even New York’s oppressive July heat bearable.
The original summer mega-concert celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and die-hard music fans will spend the whole summer chasing after those elusive tickets. Though the 2011 lineup hasn’t yet been announced, history proves that it won’t be disappointing. Last year’s show featured superstars such as Lady Gaga and Cypress Hill, as well as indie darlings like Venezuela’s Los Amigos Invisibles.