By: Astrid Salas
J Balvin Proves Why He’s One of the Biggest Latin Stars in the World
J Balvin welcomes SU GENTE to his extravagant and energy-filled “Vibras Funpark” with a funny and whimsical opening video. There are six simple rules. 1. Clap as hard and as much as you can. 2. Take a bunch of photos. 3. Be nice to the roaming dinos. 4. Scream. 5. Stand up and dance. And 6. Throw lingerie on the stage if you must. As the projection screen pulls up, J Balvin and the giant inflatable T. Rex take center stage as he belts out his hit “Machika.” What’s more, Balvin is never lost in the extravagance of his daring stage set, with few back up dancers for each song and utilizing the entire back of the stage as a gigantic screen so that everyone is able to see his performance. Even Anitta, Cardi B and Bad Bunny appeared as giant emojis via video.
Balvin’s experimentation worked. The neon costumes and giant props showcased the light-hearted and infectious energy, but also did not hesitate to bring sensuality. Eager concertgoers at the EagleBank refused to sit down and sang along with Balvin word for word. Recent hits like “X” caused mass hysteria and even oldies like “Ay Vamos” and “6 AM” were met with applause and dancing. His humility shined through, reacting to his fans screaming at the end of each song by doing his recognizable slight head bow, smile, and hands joined in prayer. Numerous times, he expressed how grateful he was, “Agradecido por estas energia.”
Balvin’s eccentric style allowed him to truly standout among fellow reggaeton artists, and it shows in this concert tour. Instead of hyping up the crowd by seeing which side screams louder, he freestyles to connect with his audience and they respond enthusiastically. Instead of the typical “y donde estan las mujeres solteras?” thrown after every song, he asks, “como esta la vibra esta noche?” It is no wonder he is leading today’s Latin artists, who can now crossover without letting go of their roots or singing in English.