Monday, April 30, 2012

Sold Out Arena – Music Longevity

Fresh off a five award win at the Latin Billboard Awards, Maná brought their "Drama Y Luz" tour to the Oakland Arena. A sold-out crowd enjoyed the concert which lasted a little over than two hours.

I am one of those music lovers who have enjoyed Maná’s music for years now. I have never seen them live, so I was beyond excited to be able to attend their show and check out what the tour would be all about.

Photo: Claudia Guzman

Maná has had a long-lasting career, which many bands only dream of. The guys have been together for over twenty years now and show no sign of slowing down – with 11 albums under their belt (and an additional 2 under their former name of Sombreros Verdes), Maná are currently touring with the latest addition to their discography "Drama Y Luz".

Fher, Alex, Juan and Sergio brought down the Oakland Arena, the people in attendance waited outside to catch a glimpse of the band when their tour bus arrived and once the concert started, everyone and I mean everyone was brought to their feet to sing along every single song. The crowd was so diverse, from the older fans who have followed Maná’s career from early on, to young kids wearing the band’s shirts.

Photo: Claudia Guzman

The setlist for the night did not disappoint, the band sang some of their classics (they opened the show with the song Oye Mi Amor), while also performing a few of the songs from their latest release Drama Y Luz like Lluvia Al Corazon & El Dragon. There was a memorable moment during the show, like when Fher addressed the audience and told them about the passing of his mom and how he wrote a song for her called Vuela Libre Paloma.

Another highlight from the show was when Alex did a drum solo, it was out of this world (the only other two times I have been “wow” by drummers were with Travis Barker from Blink-182 and Mike Dirnt from Green Day.) Alex has the nickname of El Animal, and it could not be more appropriate, he was terrific on the drums.

Photo: Claudia Guzman

After Alex’s solo, the band appeared in the middle of the arena to perform some of the songs in a more intimate ambiance- they even serenaded a lucky fan who was brought up on stage with them. At the end, the lucky fan walked away not before a mini make-out session with Fher.

During the concert, the guys also advocated for all of those in attendance to please register to vote. Voto Latino has been traveling to every tour stop and have set up registration tables to make sure that those who have not, take advantage and do it while at the concert. Fher talked about how the band is against the racist laws that have passed in recent months in several states. Fher emphasized the urgency to make sure everyone votes when it comes to election time in November.

Photo: Claudia Guzman

The final song to close out the show was a favorite of mine, Labios Compartidos, some of the other songs that were part of the setlist were: De Pies A Cabeza, Mariposa Traicionera, El Muelle De San Blas, Bendita Tu Luz, Clavado En Un Rio, Latinoamerica, among many more.

Photo: Claudia Guzman

If you missed the concert at the Oakland Arena, do not fret! Maná is scheduled to come back to the Bay in September, tickets will go on sale soon – check out the band’s website for more info.

Credits: Rogers & Cowan
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