La Kalle Bling-Blneo 2007: 35,000 Strong At Shea

June 15, 2007 at 9:41 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

By Richie Cruz

The more things change, the more they stay the same…with reggaetón, that saying can now be applied in striking fashion. On Saturday, June 9th (the eve of the Puerto Rican parade), Shea Stadium played host to New York urban Latino music station La Kalle 105.9’s annual Blin-Blineo concert. The sold-out show bared striking similarities to the legendary salsa concert held in Yankee Stadium in the late 1970s with an overwhelming display of Puerto Rican pride accompanied a colorful crowd filled with energy. The scene outside was vibrant and celebrity-filled: Producer John Singleton and actor Rick Gonzalez from the upcoming movie Illegal Tender were hanging out and signing autographs with concertgoers, who were lined up for a while.

“This is what it’s all about”, said Notch, who opened the show with a fiery set that included “Ay Que Bueno”, and his latest hit “Zoom Gyal”, “Continuing to make history, and doing it in style.” DJ Spin One, Laura Stylez, and the rest La Kalle’s strong roster of DJs and on-air personalities hosted the festivities throughout the evening and made sure nobody sat down throughout the 3-hour party.

The show featured hitmakers new and old from every Latino music genre: Joell y Randy, who’ve had a huge buzzworthy year, performed “Soy Una Gargola” and “Agresivo”, much to the crowd’s content, bachatero Yoskar Sarante showed up and performed “Perdoname La Vida”, and salsa icon Victor Manuelle performed his barrage of hits. The evening’s loudest ovations came for Hector “El Father” (who might’ve had the highest crowd response all night) and duo Wisin y Yandel, whose set left many of the young ladies in tears.

The night’s most interesting scene came backstage, where Hector “El Father” and Don Omar (who’ve both been quarreling as of late) shared a friendly embrace, apparently squashing any notion of animosity.

Don Omar proceeded to close the show like the superstar he is, and as expected, took a shot at rival Daddy Yankee, who pulled out of the show last minute after being hospitalized. The otherwise drama-free show ended, and 30,000 reggaetón fans left exuberant and ready for the parade festivities the next day.

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