L Festival 2017 Day 1: Luis Fonsi Performs Hit 'Despacito,' Alejandro Fernandez Gets Political & More

Luis Fonsi performs onstage during L Festival 2017 at Pico Rivera Sports Arena on March 18, 2017 in Pico Rivera, California.  (Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images)
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Luis Fonsi performs onstage during L Festival 2017 at Pico Rivera Sports Arena on March 18, 2017 in Pico Rivera, Calif.

L Festival's day 1 lineup was one for all music tastes. Superstar headliners like Daddy Yankee, Juanes and Alejandro Fernández represented opposite ends in the Latin genre spectrum at the second edition of the music fest, which took place at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena in Pico Rivera, Calif., on March 18. 

With openers like José Manuel Figueroa, Lupita Infante and Cynthia Silva, it was really Banda El Recodo who got the party going with their banda classics, including “Pena tras pena,” “El sinaloense,” “Mi vicio más grande” and their newest corrido, “El chema.” 

Up next was Luis Fonsi, who serenaded the audience with pop ballads like “Aquí estoy yo” and “No me doy for vencido.” He wrapped up his set with the chart-topping track and smash hit “Despacito” — a crowd favorite. 

While many expected Daddy Yankee to join Fonsi on "Despacito" to perform the collab for the first time together onstage, the reggaetonero didn’t come out. Instead, Fonsi sang the pop version of the track solo. 

Then it was King Daddy's turn to take the stage. The Puerto Rican singer heated things up with reggaetón anthems, including “Shaky Shaky,” “Hula hoop,” “Gasolina,” “Limbo” and “Lo que pasó pasó.” 

Colombian rockstar Juanes lit up the stage with his newest singles, “Fuego” and “Hermosa ingrata.” He also took the audience down memory lane with songs like “La camisa negra” and “Me enamora” and paid tribute to late Mexican singer/songwriter Juan Gabriel, singing “Querida” as his last song. 

Near midnight, Alejandro Fernández closed the first day of the L Fest with “El Potrillo" and brought out the mariachi to sing “Guadalajara,” “Mátalas” and “Tantita pena.” 

Fernández also ended with a message of unity and solidarity: “While some are trying to build walls, we’re proving that we can break barriers.” 


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