In what is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated tours of the summer, Dos Mundos, Una Historia (Two Worlds, One Story) will feature regional Mexican superstar Gerardo Ortiz with Alfredo Olivas as his co-headliner. Kicking off May 22 in Portland and culminating Nov. 27 in Las Vegas, the stateside tour will also feature a tribute to Ariel Camacho by the late star’s band, Los Plebes del Rancho.
Known for his guitar skills and soft-edged vocals on acoustic songs that reflected the lives of his fans, Camacho died in a car accident Feb. 25 on a highway outside of his native Sinaloa, Mexico. At 22, he had recorded just one album, El Karma, with Los Plebes del Rancho on Del Records, but was poised to be one of the leading voices in regional Mexican music. Singing Camacho’s music on the tour will be the label’s newest signee, 18-year-old José Manuel Lopez Castro. Banda Culiacancito, known for their corridos, and Los Migueles La Voz Original will also play on the tour.
Ortiz released his sixth and most ambitious album Hoy Más Fuerte (Stronger Today) on Monday (May 18) while Olivas returns to the stage after undergoing multiple surgeries following a shooting during one of his concerts in Chihuahua, Mexico on Feb. 27. The 21-year-old singer and accordionist, known for singing corridos and romantic songs, reportedly had dedicated a song to a woman in the audience. The woman’s boyfriend, bothered by the attention, shot at Olivas seven times, hitting him twice. The attacker was later arrested. Olivas recovered from the wounds and recently performed at a concert in Denver.
At a press conference announcing the tour on Tuesday, May 19, Olivas said he was feeling ready for the challenge ahead. “I was feeling a lot of things the first time I got onstage again in Denver, a bit nervous for sure, but now I’m just excited about what’s coming. I’ve had a really quick and favorable recovery, considering what happened. I’m trying to take care of myself by eating right, and eventually I’ll back get to exercising. For now, I’ve been doing a lot of physical therapy, especially in my legs.”
The young singer added that “it’s time to put all of the sadness, fear, and negativity behind. I’m feeling incredibly motivated. Opportunities like this one don’t come around often and you have to take them, you can’t think on it too much.”
Olivas said his fans’ messages of support during his recovery helped him get back on track. “Maybe it’s because I’m young but [before the shooting] I didn’t realize how much people appreciated me. But now I can honestly say, I have real fans.”
Tour dates are still being finalized. For a list of cities, visit DelRecords.com.