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|Juanes at the Hollywood Bowl|
Juanes with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
The Hollywood Bowl
Colombian musician, Juanes, accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, took the stage with the children of YOLA (Youth Orchestra LA) at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday. The concert was a gesture that showed his advocacy for music education as a resource for empowerment and advancement. The man born Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez continues to prove that aside from being a pop/rock heart throb, he's also a mastermind in bridging the gap between languages and cultures, poverty and politics, love and despair in an enigmatic way that is both subtle and riveting.
One of the most definitive moments of the concerts was the beginning; although the musical arrangement was beautiful, and Juanes' forever-young face was projected as on jumbotrons singing passionately, his voice was nowhere to be heard. Immediately the crowd began to panic and yell, not so much in anger, rather in anxiety of the thought of missing a single song. Flustered cries of "No, oh my God, I can't hear him!" and "No te oigo papí chulo!" percolated from the ladies in the crowd. Soon after, he signaled timeout and stopped his band. As he patiently waited for a replacement microphone to be set up, he made a heart with his hands and that was more than enough to ease the crowd and make the women go crazy.
With the live mic ready to go, like a true professional, he announced, "Alright, let's start this over" (yes, in English). He proceeded with a passionate rendition of "Fíjate Bien," a tune that talks about the estimated 80,000 land mines in his native Colombia-- residual from the drug war-- that have tragically disfigured and killed many children who unknowingly step on them when playing or walking to school.