Venezuelan Duo Chino Y Nacho Charm Fans at Radio Universo Tour Stop in Miami

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Chino y Nacho perform on June 30, 2016. 

The Venezuelan Duo Kicked Off Their 'Radio Universo' Tour

Venezuelan duo Chino y Nacho kicked off their 10-city “Radio Universo” U.S. tour with two sold-out shows at the Fillmore Miami Beach that bridged the group’s youth appeal with their more serious musical endeavors.

Backed by six dancers and a 12-person band (including two back-up singers), the duo ran through a string of hits, from “Niña bonita” to last year’s hit “Me voy enamorando” to their current “Andas en mi cabeza,” an uptempo, romantic track about wedding proposals that on Thursday night (June 30) elicited a live one on the Fillmore’s stage.

It’s the kind of fan connection Chino y Nacho have smartly cultivated over the years, relying on songs that are ear candy but have enough depth to cater to a loyal base that straddles many ages. On the second evening, for example, the Fillmore’s VIP reserved seating featured four-seat tables by the stage that were selling for $400 apiece.

While this kind of arrangement is decidedly a draw for some, the appeal Chino y Nacho comes from the sheer joy of their songs. This is a feel-good show that can also take itself seriously. “Se acabó” (It’s over), for example, is set to Chino y Nacho’s trademark uptempo urban/pop beat, but tells the story of a crumbling marriage. Friday night Chino y Nacho performed it with Venezuelan sibling duo San Luis, featured in the original track. There was also an all-acoustic interlude that allowed Chino y Nacho to showcase their fine vocals while the frenetic “Tu me quemas” was an all-out party.

Chino y Nacho smartly invited respected Venezuelan tropical band Guaco to open their shows, a move meant to broaden the appeal among Venezuelan fans and ostensibly brings gravitas to this tour.

It was a treat, but for all their light-heartedness, Chino y Nacho already have gravitas. They’ve built a roster of songs that are vastly entertaining, yet smart and well-crafted. The Radio Universo show reinforces that, focusing on the music rather than the staging or even the music videos, which have been an integral part of Chino y Nacho’s marketing. Even so, you wont’ be able to sit still. 

Chino y Nacho, Radio Universo tour dates:

July 7:  House of Blues (Orlando)

July 8: The Tabernacle (Atlanta)

July 9: Revention Music Center (Houston)

July 10: House of Blues (Dallas)

July 28: Fillmore Silver Spring (Silver Spring, Md.)

July 29: Irving Plaza (New York)

July 30: House of Blues (Boston)