SANTA YNEZ, Calif. --
"Y si el pueblo pide reggaeton, reggaeton" -- and the Santa Ynez Valley audience did ask for reggaeton. The curtain drew at the Chumash Casino Resort’s Samala Showroom, and Latin superstar J Balvin emerged in a bright orange jacket and shorts combo, singing a song actually titled Reggaeton.
All 1,400 fans in attendance on the first night of his two-day concert (Oct. 23-24) at Chumash Casino Resort cheered and moved to the Colombian singer's contagious rhythm. Then, dancers in cloud-shaped outfits joined him on stage as he transitioned into his second act, "Con Altura," featuring Spanish singer Rosalía. Together, the bright colors, the dancing "clouds" and the blue background brought to life the theme of Balvin's 24-city U.S. tour --Arcoiris, or rainbow.
"Buenas vibras," he thanked the crowd for the good vibes at one point. "Thank you for all the love."
The chart-topping recording artist is best known for Latin hits such as “Ay Vamos,” “Ginza,” “Bobo” and “Mi Gente,” a crossover hit featuring Willy William and Beyoncé that reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He would later reach No. 1 on the Hot 100 with last year’s “I Like It,” featuring Balvin, Cardi B and Bad Bunny.
"J Balvin gave us two nights of incredible shows that we won't forget," said Kenneth Kahn, Tribal Chairman for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. "This was a rare opportunity to see an international superstar perform in the intimate setting of our 1,400-seat Samala Showroom. I hope his fans enjoyed every minute of it.”
Balvin’s “Arcoiris Tour” included stops at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and Staples Center in Los Angeles.
J Balvin, whose real name is Jose Balvin, also performed at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. A few months later, he would become Lollapalooza's first Latino headliner in the music festival's 28-year history.
The star's appearance at Chumash Casino Resort occurred on the heels of "Despacito" singer Luis Fonsi performing two nights in September. Next month, the popular Banda Los Sebastianes, with Rancho Viejo, will take the stage on Friday November 15.
Other Latin acts that were featured on the Chumash Casino Resort's 2019 concert schedule were Los Tucanes de Tijuana, Pancho Barraza (two nights), La Septima Banda, Los Invasores de Nuevo, Chiquis Rivera, Gerardo Ortiz, Los Rieleros Del Norte and Ramon Ayala (two nights).