Hear that sound? Yup, it’s El Grito, the ringing of the bells marking Mexican Independence Day (September 16) and the annual cavalcade of Latin music stars into Las Vegas. This year’s lineup is studded with both legends and rising stars. Here are 10 picks to click …
Luis Miguel (September 12-13 & 15-16, the Colosseum) The versatile showman’s three-octave, knock-you-off-your-feet voice has the range to belt out everything from pop hits to tango and mariachi tunes.
Café Tacvba (September 13, Mandalay Bay Beach) The Mexican rockers seamlessly blend a range of influences like ska, punk and electronic music with such Mexican regional genres as bolero and ranchera.
Marco Antonio Solís (September 13, Mandalay Bay Events Center) Not just a talented crooner with wavy dark locks, Solís has produced and written a catalog of hits, including ballad “Si No Te Hubieras Ido” (“If You Hadn’t Left”).
Maná (September 14, MGM Grand Garden Arena) Maná is one of the most successful Latin rock bands ever, with 40 million albums sold since debuting in 1986, so expect many a sing-along at this arena show.
Gloria Trevi (September 14, Zappos Theater) Dubbed the “Mexican Madonna,” this ’80s star has come roaring back with a new album since being implicated in her ex-manager/lover’s sex-trafficking ring, serving four-plus years in prison and then being exonerated.
Pancho Barraza (September 14, the Chelsea) For lovers of traditional Mexican music, singers in stiff cowboy hats and brass sections a dozen deep, Barraza delivers.
Reik (September 14, the Pearl) This trio is known for sexy ballads and playful pop songs, like recent hit “Me Niego” (“I Refuse”), the 2019 Latin Billboard pop song of the year.
Maluma (September 14, Mandalay Bay Events Center) He’s a Colombian pop star with reggaeton and Latin trap influences, and his 2019 duet with Madonna, “Medellin,” has 38 million YouTube views.
Alejandro Fernández (September 15, Mandalay Bay Events Center) The rare talent able to live up to a star father’s legacy, the son of Vicente Fernández started in folk music before branching into pop and international fame.
Alejandra Guzmán (September 15, Mandalay Bay Beach) The Mexican rocker and actress has sold more than 30 million albums and now guides young talent as a coach on the Spanish-language version of NBC’s The Voice.