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J Balvin Makes History As The First Latino Artist To Headline Lollapalooza

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In the history of Lollapalooza’s 27-year history, the music festival has never (ever) had a Latin artist headline the concert. How insane is that? While Lollapalooza — which began as a touring festival and now takes place every summer in Chicago — has featured Latin musical artists in the past, none have been a primetime headliner until now.

J Balvin will take center stage at this year’s Lollapalooza music festival, making the first Latino to headline the show.

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“SIEMPRE ELEVANDO 💯 NUNCA INELEVANDO @lollapalooza,” J Balvin wrote on Instagram. “LATINO GANG Chicago, we’re coming to see you this summer at #Lolla!”

The festival, happening August 1-4, will also feature Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, The Strokes, Tame Impala, Flume and The Chainsmokers.

Here are more Latino artists performing at Lollapalooza this year:

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Boombox Cartel will be there as will Rosalía, Sonia de Los Santos, Omar Apollo, 123 Andres, Boy Pablo, Malu Trevejo, Deorro, and more.

Speaking of Latinx representation at festivals. Because so many music festivals lack Latino music, more festivals have since launched in order to serve this community.

Ruido Fest, which also takes place in Chicago, launched to long ago as did the Los Dells festival, Afro-Latino Festival, LAMC (which has been around for a while), Nuevo Fest, LatiNxt, NYC Migra Punk Fest, and more. You should defintely check them out if you haven’t already.

Here’s how social media is handling that J Balvin will be a Lolla headliner.

Where’s the lie?

Seriously, what took them so long?

Festival organizers are finally paying attention to what audiences love: Latin music!

Just keeping it real.

J Balvin will draw the crowd in, no doubt.

If you’re at Lolla just for J Balvin, you won’t be alone.

Click here for more information on this year’s Lollapalooza.

READ: If You’re Tired Of Music Festivals Not Featuring Latino Acts, Here’s One Full Of Latino Artists

J Balvin And Bad Bunny Team Up To Do Good, Will Perform Two Concerts To Raise Money For El Paso And Dayton Shooting Victims

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J Balvin And Bad Bunny Team Up To Do Good, Will Perform Two Concerts To Raise Money For El Paso And Dayton Shooting Victims

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Univision’s widley popular Uforia Concert Series is getting some big performances this week. In a huge announcement, the American Spanish-language network said that it’s Uforia Music Series will present two star-studded concerts in Texas that will assist and raise funds for those impacted by the recent shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. The concert series, which had been scheduled long before the fatal shootings, are set to feature performances by J Balvin, Bad Bunny ,Ozuna, Wisin y Yandel, Pedro Capo, Natti Natasha, Sebastian Yatra, Tito El Bambino and many more Latin artists. The shows, taking place Aug. 8 in Dallas and Aug. 10 in Houston, will bring together local communities for a celebration of Latin music and remembrance to those recovering from and impacted by the massacres.

The concerts are an opportunity for fans and the local communities to come together for music and give back as well.

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Univision will present various opportunities for fans and attendees of both Dallas and Houston concerts to give back and donate to the El Paso Community Foundation, Paso del Norte Community Foundation and The Dayton Foundation. The network will also be matching the first $50,000 of donations that are received.

“The Uforia Music Series is meant to be a celebration of the sounds and rhythms that connect us as a culture and as a community—this connection is especially important in times of need. Following the tragic events in El Paso, we are honored to do our part to bring the local Latino community in Dallas and Houston together and to provide an opportunity for fans to support local organizations assisting those impacted on-site and via our first-ever livestream,” Jesus Lara, President of Radio, Univision said in a statement. “All of us at Univision stand in strength and solidarity with the Latino community in El Paso and across the country.”

Univision has also announced that, for the first time ever, they will follow in the steps of other music festivals in recent years and set up a live stream of the entire music event in Dallas. Both of the concert series will be broadcast live on UforiaMusic.com, as well as on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

This will give fans and listeners who can’t attend the shows an opportunity to donate and feel apart of the event themselves. Those who aren’t unable to attend the concerts can donate directly to affected community groups by visiting Univision’s charity page, Unidos Por Los Nuestros.

Bad Bunny and J Balvin, are expected to perform songs from their collaborative EP, Oasis, live for the first time ever. Hopefully this can provide a well needed break from what has been a tough week for many in this country.

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Bad Bunny and J Balvin will both be the headliners of the Uforia Latino Mix Live shows. The Latin duo is expected to perform music from their widley successful joint album, Oasis, live for the first time since its June release, on Saturday, August 10th in Houston. J Balvin will perform new songs on his own on Thursday, August 8th in Dallas.

The joint album, Oasis, opened at No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart back on July 13 which scored the biggest streaming debut for a Latin album released in 2019. The eight-song album has garnered positive reaction from fans and music critics alike.

People in Texas seriously can’t wait for the show. We’re sure after such a long stressful week this is going to be an escape for many.

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Music has been a constant force in heeling when it comes to tragedies and for many it’s a way to escape, even for a little while. We’ve seen that this past week as music has been a big part of healing efforts in El Paso. Whether it’s been corridos or banda, it’s all played a big role in healing and helping many move forward.

The deadly attacks over this past weekend left 31 people dead and occurred at a shopping center in El Paso, Texas, and a popular housing complex in Dayton, Ohio. The El Paso shooting rocked the Latino community in the border city of Texas where many are still grieving and recovering from what many are calling a “hate crime” against Latinos.

READ: This Corrido About The Shooting In El Paso, Texas, Will Break Your Heart And Make You Proud To Be Mexican

J Balvin Has Made History Out Of Lollapalooza And Becomes The First Latino Headliner In The Festival’s 28 Years

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J Balvin Has Made History Out Of Lollapalooza And Becomes The First Latino Headliner In The Festival’s 28 Years

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I don’t care how tired you are, what language you speak, where you have to go next, if the DJ decides to pop on some reggaeton at the club, your plans just changed. The genre has been hitting big with U.S. audiences, especially with pop superstars like Cardi B giving it a wider audience to enjoy those thumping bass lines. It’s the perfect music to roll your hips and run your fingers through your hair to while you work off that double shot you took earlier. Some might say it’s also the perfect music to play at the carne asada or to clean the house or to write an essay or…

If you need an introduction to the genre, look no further than J Balvin.

His songs continually perform well in Latin Music charts and his videos are known to grab millions of views within hours of posting. Whether he’s singing about not remembering what happened last night in “6 AM” or the joys of dirty dancing in “Ginza”, or writing a love song to all of us in “Mi Gente“, the smooth sound of his voice mixed with the beat and latin rhythms hits a certain pleasure center in the brain that is absolutely infectious.

Also, I think we would make really beautiful babies. Just sayin…

Over the weekend, J Balvin became the first Latinx headliner at Lallapalooza, a festival that has been in existence for 28 years.

Yep. I said first. Because in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Nineteen, Latinos still have firsts to break through.

And the fans were here for it.

Across social media and in reviews from Rolling Stones to Billboard, many are saying that this was the most intense headline event ever. Way to represent J Balvin!

Seriously, y’all, the show was lit.

I mean…absolutely hyped up.

J Balvin also brought out Wisin y Yandel.

LOST THEIR MINDS.

Lollapalooza, as a festival, started in 1991 as a project of Perry Farrell, the frontman of a popular 90s alt rock band Jane’s Addiction.

The festival was mostly known for its alternative rock and grunge offerings that were indicative of the times. Bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, and Nine Inch Nails would travel the country with the festival. While rock music was the main focus, the lineups were eclectic and featured rap acts like Cypress Hill, Ice Cube, and A Tribe Called Quest as well as  electronic music and, yes, Latinx music. Mexican rock band, Café Tacvba were the first to play the festival in 1992. 

Since then, Latinx acts have been part of the North American Lollapalozza festival lineup, which is now rooted in Chicago, but not a huge part. What makes the fact that J Balvin is the first Latinx headliner even more baffling is that the first satellite Lollapalooza festival was in Chile starting in 2011. The next two were in Brazil and Argentina. You would think the North American branch would play nicer with its sister cities.

American audiences have been slow to come around to Latinx entertainment though. Probably the first representation we had in the mainstream consciousness was Desi Arnaz in I Love Lucy. It’s the first example I can think of where a large chunk of the American population loved a Latinx singer whether she was singing in English or Spanish. Since then, Latinx acts have typically had to develop English albums to make an impact in the U.S. market – Gloria Estefan, Selena, and Ricky Martin come to mind.

So when bands like Los Tucanes de Tijuana find themselves on a major summer fest lineup and then are given the key to the city, it’s kind of a big deal. It means that promoters are taking Latinos seriously as a demographic to market to. It also means promoters are ready to support the entertainers Latinos love with real money. 

It’s apparent that J Balvin understands the importance of this legacy.

In this instagram post he says, “”This is dedicated to dreamers to Latinos and those who know that in life everything is cause and effect, and that we deserve to be here.” 

J Balvin deserves to be here and we can only hope it’s the start of the beginning for more Latinx artists to break through.

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