Music Diary: Bad Bunny at Petco Park, Tribute to Steely Dan at Music Box, Fandango at The Shell


Bad Bunny, with DJ Alesso

Who the hell is Bad Bunny?

And how dare he be the first music star of any genre to perform back-to-back shows at Petco Park?

These are the top responses from some readers on the Union-Tribune Facebook page after I wrote – in January – that Bad Bunny would this month become the only artist ever to perform stadium shows. sold out two consecutive nights at the downtown ballpark.

It’s a feat that, to this day, remains unmatched by Petco Park concert veterans such as the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and the Eagles. And that’s far from Bad Bunny’s only notable feat.

The Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trap superstar’s 37-concert U.S. tour in 2022, which included a stop in San Diego, sold 645,000 tickets and grossed $123.2.

Those numbers are dwarfed by his ongoing stadium tour, which includes multiple nights in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and other cities. His latest album, “Un Verano Sin Ti”, is one of the biggest sellers of the year.

Additionally, Bad Bunny (born: born Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio) has been Spotify’s most streamed artist worldwide for the past two years in a row – and the first to top Billboard’s US album charts who sings. and raps entirely in Spanish.

A multiple Grammy winner, he dueted with Shakira at the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show.

Who the hell is Bad Bunny?

Now you know.

7 p.m. Saturday and the Sunday. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., downtown. $356 to $1,800 plus service charge (Saturday), $356 to $1,201.25 plus service charge (Sunday).

Arturo O’Farrill and his Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra will perform their “Fandango at the Wall” concert in San Diego on Saturday, four years after debuting on the Tijuana side of the border wall that separates Mexico and California.

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“Fandango at the Wall, with Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, with Jorge Castillo, Martha Gonzalez, Jacob Hernández, Quetzal Flores, Luis Sarmiento, Joanna Morrison and the SDSU Chamber Choir

Since debuting in 2018 as a free outdoor concert on the Mexican side of the border wall that separates San Diego from Tijuana, genre-hopping and social unrest-hopping “Fandango at the Wall” has seen a new life as a double album, a book and a documentary film.

Saturday’s Fandango concert at The Shell was originally scheduled for mid-March 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It will bring together Grammy Award-winning composer and bandleader Arturo O’Farrill and his Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra with Jorge Castillo, the retired Chula Visa musician and librarian who founded the Fandango music festival. Fronterizo, now 15, from the Tijuana side. the US-Mexico border.

It will be a rare and welcome opportunity to see Castillo and the big band led by O’Farrill on a concert stage together. The host of guest artists who will join them should breathe new life into a musical celebration designed to celebrate cultural diversity with joy and dignity.

7:30 p.m. Saturday. The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 222 Marina Park Way, Downtown. (619) 235-0804.

Keith Carlock, on February 23, 2020, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Steely Dan drum dynamo Keith Carlock will perform at Sunday’s Steely Dan tribute at the Music Box. He is shown here performing with his trio, KCL, on February 23, 2020, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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The music of Steely Dan, with Robben Ford, Tom Scott and Keith Carlock

Can a postponed concert improve before it happens?

That seems to be the case for this weekend’s Steely Dan tribute concert at the Music Box, originally scheduled for July 10 and pushed back to this Sunday.

The show’s original lineup, which teamed up with guitarist Robben Ford and saxophonist great Tom Scott – who played on several Steely Dan albums – was enticing.

The addition of drum dynamo Keith Carlock, a member of Steely Dan for twenty years, makes it even more compelling.

His drumming combines agility and power with superb technique and an irresistible sense of groove. I predict Sunday’s audience will include nearly every drummer in San Diego who doesn’t have their own gig that night.

7 p.m. Sunday. The Music Box, 1337 India Street, downtown. $22 to $69 (must be 21 or older).


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