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20th anniversary Billboard Latin Music Awards reveal takes control of Mandalay Bay


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2018|2 a.m. In some methods the musical evolution of the Las Vegas Strip is a mirror for patterns throughout the nation and around the world– the nightclubs, arenas and concert halls on Las Vegas Boulevard are a musical melting pot concentrated from the rest of the world’s diverse and changing tastes.

Take Latin music, which is certainly having a minute right now. Like c and w, it has long had solid footing in Las Vegas, with shows built primarily around holidays and unique events. Today, both delight in year-round success on the Strip, and while nation’s popularity is on the rise, Latin music is exploding all over thanks to an exciting crop of young artists creating connections with hip-hop, R&B and other pop and “city” categories.

Those artists and their music were on display screen Thursday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center for the Billboard Latin Music Awards, broadcast reside on Telemundo. It was the very first time the occasion and its companion Latin Music Week programs checked out Las Vegas– it’s been kept in Miami in recent years– and it seemed to discover an appropriately flashy fit. To return to the nation comparison, the show was just as big as the current Academy of Country Music Awards reveal at MGM Grand Garden Arena, and definitely louder.

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It came as no surprise that “Despacito,” the tune by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee that Justin Bieber hopped aboard on its way to ending up being one of the greatest pop hits in current memory, controlled by winning 6 awards. Reggaeton king Daddy Yankee won 8 awards to lead the show and Puerto Rican singer and songwriter Fonsi won seven, while Colombian star Shakira took house five awards and rising reggaeton star Ozuna claimed the sought after Artist of the Year award.

2 Vegas headliners who have actually contributed significantly to the prominence of Latin music on the Strip provided 2 of the most electrifying efficiencies of the program. Ricky Martin, a resident at the Park Theater, opened the program with a scorching efficiency of his new single “Fiebre,” total with fiery special impacts and the track’s included artists Wisin and Yandel. And Jennifer Lopez, who had currently wowed the red carpet crowd with hair extensions longer than her shimmering lilac gown, premiered her sultry Spanish single “El Anillo.” Lopez is concluding her run at World Hollywood in September.

Other standout performances in the live setting consisted of Ozuna teaming with rap sensation and social networks star Cardi B on “La Modelo”; a sizzling performance of “El Prestamo” from Colombian vocalist Maluma, who performs his own program in this very arena on May 5; pop group CNCO generating screams with “Mamita”; and mariachi vocalist Christian Nodal, who won Regional Mexican Tune of the Year and Regional Mexican Solo Artist of the Year, who showed just some of the variety consisted of within the label of Latin music.

After witnessing this program, it’s clear the existing “Latin surge” is going to be reverberating worldwide for a long time. Hopefully, Vegas will have a front row seat if the Latin Billboards keep coming back to the Strip.

Poncho Sanchez brings a dynamic mix of latin jazz and R&B mix to the Smith Center

You don’t go to a Poncho Sanchez performance to relax like a limp potato. His grooves bring your feet to life. “I wish to welcome the general public to having fun,” Sanchez says about his upcoming Smith Center efficiencies. “We’re going to jump, shout and shimmy.”

The 66-year-old Texas native grew up listening to the soul and R&B of Otis Redding, Motown and the Four Tops, in addition to salsa. “So I put all those things in my show,” says the conga player and vocalist. The result is a melting pot of joyous noises called Latin soul music. “Jazz, doo-wop, Latin jazz, salsa, soul music, rhythm and blues– that’s the music I love,” Sanchez states.

Sanchez is jolly and passionate, with a big beard and a ritual of wrapping his fingers like a boxer to avoid them from suffering damage when they hit the drums. He’s a writer and a born entertainer. He’s the uncle you want at your household event because he’s guaranteed to make it fun. He’s also an outstanding artist who gathers uncommon James Brown records.

After 47 years of carrying out, Sanchez has actually more than made his awards, that include a Grammy, several Grammy nominations and a Latin Grammy Life Time Achievement Award. Lesser artists may think about retirement, but the bandleader remains enthusiastic. “I still enjoy playing the drums,” Sanchez states. “I do feel blessed and still enjoy it. After the program’s over, you know you have actually done a great show, people are delighted, and I believe, ‘Wow, it still works.'”

Plane travel is another story. After traveling the world, Sanchez has grown sick of long flights. He sticks to carrying out in the region around his Whittier, California, home.

Fortunately, Las Vegas is close sufficient to make the cut. A Poncho Sanchez show is a must-see, partially due to the fact that it’s always brand-new. Prior to each show, the band collects backstage, fractures beers and prepares a setlist, drawing from Sanchez’s deep catalog of 27 albums. That series can likewise change mid-concert, and the group even more twists the kaleidoscope through jazz improvisation. “We never ever play the exact same music,” Sanchez says. “We prefer to mix our set so it’ll be a lot of different tunes, although a program can not go by without individuals requesting ‘Watermelon Man’ or ‘Besame Mother’– the hits, so to speak. Got ta keep individuals delighted.”

In early December, Sanchez and his band will get in the studio to tape-record album No. 28– a homage to late saxophone terrific John Coltrane. It will be a mix of Coltrane-penned songs and Sanchez’s own product, consisting of some older salsa music. “Nowadays we have so many strategies, a great deal of recordings have simply one man recording at a time. But when you hear [them], they sound excellent however calculated,” Sanchez states. “We go in like we’re playing a live program.”

PONCHO SANCHEZ December 1, 7 p.m.; December 2, 6 & & 8:30 p.m.; $37-$59. Cabaret Jazz, 702-749-2000.

The 18th annual Latin Grammys captivate MGM Grand Garden Arena

Nobody at MGM Grand Garden Arena was amazed when “Despacito” took 4 trophies at the Latin Grammy Awards on November 16– the greatest night in Latin music was definitely going to recognize one of the biggest Spanish-language singles ever to strike the worldwide charts. But the rest of the musical event had lots of remarkable performances, astonishing award presentations and memorable moments– including some extremely Vegas team-ups. Henderson resident Steve Aoki and Marquee Club artist French Montana helped amp up an efficiency by J Balvin and Bad Bunny, and Wynn Nightlife super star Diplo became part of a show-closing ensemble (along with Bomba Estéreo and Victor Manuelle) that carried out Luis Fonsi’s smash “Despacito.”

Bringing awareness and aid to Puerto Rico was the focal point of the 18th-annual awards event, which opened with a minute of silence followed by Puerto Rican rap phenom Residente– who scored nine nominations and won two awards– performing “Hijos de Cañaveral.” Alejandro Sanz received the 2017 Latin Recording Academy Individual of the Year award, and Hamilton playwright Lin Manuel-Miranda was granted the President’s Benefit Award.

Among the surprises were bachata-pop singer-songwriter Vicente García snagging 3 Latin Grammys and actor-salsa vocalist Ruben Blades winning two times for the album he recorded with Roberto Delgado & & Orquesta– consisting of the coveted Album of the Year award, where the veteran performer won out over stiff competition from Juanes, Shakira, Nicky Jam and Residente.

Bad Bunny updates the noise of Latin hip-hop

Embassy Club brought Bad Bunny to Las Vegas in May, just as the Puerto Rican rap artist was about to break huge. Since then, the artist born Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio has actually emerged as among the leaders of the hot Latin trap movement, collaborating with established stars and fast-rising names like Prince Royce, Timbaland, J. Balvin, Wisin and Karol G. Now, thanks to the Embassy-Drai’s connection– the off-Strip club co-programs the Reggaeton Space at Drai’s After Hours– the Bunny returns for a Latin Grammys afterparty performance at Drai’s Club on the Cromwell rooftop.

Bad Bunny was among the first entertainers announced for this year’s Latin Grammy Awards, set for November 16 at MGM Grand Garden Arena, and he’s likewise nominated for Best Urban Blend Efficiency for “Si Tu Novio Te Deja Sola,” a slinky reggaeton track with Balvin.

His most recent songs and visitor appearances seem to hit even harder; however you can get a strong feel for Bad Bunny’s sound by paying attention to “Soy Peor,” on which he uses his striking baritone to come off like Bryson Tiller or Travis Scott en espanol. Earlier 2017 single “Diles” has already gone viral with more than 300 million YouTube views. Elaborately shaved hairdos, a flamboyant style sense and natural charisma have actually helped Bad Bunny become a real breakout artist, however everything comes from the music. Bad Bunny at Drai’s at the Cromwell, November 16.

Reid to Latin Chamber: Cortez Masto is '' best individual ' to succeed me


Steve Marcus

Senate Bulk Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) speaks throughout a press conference ahead of the CNN Democratic Presidential Dispute at the Wynn Las Vegas Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015.

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Nevada Attorney general of the united states Catherine Cortez Masto is shown in this file image talking to media at the Legislative Building in Carson City on May 29, 2013.

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid used his visit Friday to the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce luncheon to lob praise on Catherine Cortez Masto, the Democrat intending to prosper him in the Senate when he retires next year.

Cortez Masto, who served eight years as Nevada’s attorney general, announced her candidacy for Reid’s Senate seat in April.

“Catherine is going to win to be my replacement since she is the ideal person,” Reid stated. “She is someone the state of Nevada needs. We have actually been waiting for a Latina to come to the United States Senate forever.”

Referencing Cortez Masto’s track record and “excellent family tree”– her daddy, Manny Cortez, headed the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for 13 years– Reid stated he is confident she’s the best person to succeed him. The Senate minority leader backed Cortez Masto from the minute he announced his decision to retire, prior to she even tossed her hat in the ring.

“This lady is a standout in whatever she has actually done,” Reid stated at the luncheon, where Cortez Masto was also in attendance.

Reid then turned his focus on a problem near and dear to the Latin Chamber– immigration reform– and blasted the U.S. House of Representatives for failing to act upon it. Two years earlier, the Senate passed a comprehensive migration reform bill, but the legislation has actually never made it to your house floor for a vote.

“Things we’re not going to do is do (migration reform) piecemeal,” he said. “We’re not going to do a little bit here and a bit there. We’re going to do it all at once. That’s the only method it’s fair.”

The senator’s statements, which accompanied the Latin Chamber’s 40th anniversary, largely revolved around exactly what he called discord in Washington and the mounting value of the 2016 elections. He advised voters to begin asking candidates their views on concerns, such as migration reform, the minimum wage, student loan financial obligation, Yucca Mountain and transport infrastructure repair services.

Before his speech, Reid likewise responded to election-related questions from the media, varying from the Democratic debate Tuesday in Las Vegas to the significance of the Hispanic vote.

“I believed Hillary Clinton did very well,” Reid said, referring to the presidential prospect’s dispute performance. “She’s a skilled taker of concerns.”

Reid went on to explain himself as a testimony to the increasing significance of the Hispanic vote, a group he said is continuously growing and ending up being more organized.

“The very first ad (opponents) ran versus me stated, ‘Harry Reid: best friend prohibited immigrants ever had,'” he said. “All it did was distressed the Hispanic community. They rolled up their sleeves and ended up like they had actually never ever ended up previously.”

Alcoholic drink of the Week: Latin Blush


Sunday, June 28, 2015|2 a.m.

Active ingredients

1 1/2 oz Avión Silver tequila

3/4 oz Campari

1 oz freshly-squeezed lime juice

1 oz strawberry syrup

1-2 oz lemon-lime soda


Combine all the active ingredients in shaker with ice. Cover and shake extensively. Put through a strainer into a tall, 12-ounce glass over ice. Garnish with sliced up strawberries and ground pink peppercorn.

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° By the end of the night, tequila has a method of making even the best of us blush, and this drink is no exception. The tequila is softened and supported by the sweet strawberry flavor and moderate lemon tang, while the peppercorn includes a welcome kick of spice.

Cocktail developed by Francesco Lafranconi, executive director of mixology and spirits education at Southern Wine & & Spirits.

UNLV Latin Jazz Awarded Top Honors by DownBeat Magazine

Jazz research studies students have earned 8 student music awards given that 2010

Arts & & Culture| May 11, 2015|By Jennifer Vaughan

Media Contact: Jennifer Vaughan, 702-895-1575, [email protected]!.?.! Members of the UNLV Latin Jazz

Ensemble, and their director, Uli Geissendoerfer, won the distinguished 2015 DownBeat Publication Student Music Award for Latin Group in the undergraduate college classification. They contended against top university ensembles worldwide for the honor. This is the eighth DownBeat Magazine Student Award for UNLV Jazz Researches students because 2010. The DownBeat Student Music Awards, established in 1976, are considered the most

distinguished awards in jazz education. Hundreds of artists, music teachers and music market specialists received their very first global acknowledgment as DownBeat Student Music Award winners. Winners have gone on to appear on the cover of DownBeat as professional artists. Ratings have actually been showcased in the magazine and have won either Critics or Readers Survey honors. Students have utilized this acknowledgment to amass more than$10 million in scholarship opportunities.