5 Things to Watch for in Mana's Latino Power Tour

Mana performs at Viejas Arena
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Fher Olvera of Mana performs at Viejas Arena on Sept. 9, 2016 in San Diego.

Latin rock gods Maná kicked off their Latino Power Tour on Sept. 9 with a sold-out show at Viejas Arena in San Diego, the same venue where they’ll return Nov. 18 to close down the 25-date trek.

While fans may be thinking they just saw Maná’s Cama Incendiada tour a year ago, rest assured the Latino Power tour is completely different, featuring a new set list, staging and production. Moreover, the Latino Power tour was conceived to get you do more than simply get up and dance.

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“More than anything, it’s a celebration of that power the Latin community has in the U.S., and we want to make people consciously aware that they have to go out and vote,” drummer Alex Gonzalez told Billboard.

Whether you choose to exercise your voting rights or not, here are five things to watch for during Mana’s upcoming shows.

1. A set list that spans Maná’s entire recording history: “We’ll be singing songs we haven’t performed in many years,” says lead singer Fher Olvera. “We’ll do a trajectory of all Maná albums, beginning with Falta Amor and Dónde Jugarán los Niños.”

2. A social message: Yeah, there’s one in all Maná tours, but this one is particularly pointed. The show starts with scenery that makes reference to the proposed wall at the border, and calls for an end to animosity, racism and discrimination.

3. A call to vote: We know that the Latino Power tour is all about voting power. But at one point, the group plays Bob Marley’s “Get Up, Stand Up,” whose famous chorus (“Get up, stand up, stand up for your right / Get up, stand up, don't give up the fight”) is really designed to get voting fever going.

4. An interactive acoustic set: Most shows have this, but Maná's version incorporates an interactive component where concertgoers can vote every night to choose a song to be performed.

5. An invitation to sing: All I’ll say is, you never know who could be asked to get on stage and belt it out with Maná. Just in case, learn the lyrics to “Mi verdad.”


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