Pupy is a bleached blonde now. Or in the local parlance, he has dyed his hair “amarillo”. He’s also rehearsing a stand-in on piano, so he can float around the stage and harass his staff. Not sure of the younger man’s name - maybe Ulysses? I think Duni said he had been in the states for a couple of years, if either of those things adds up to anything for anyone.
The gig was a little under-attended - maybe everyone was at Delirio Habanero, where the ladies were getting in free, courtesy of maestro Jose Luis Cortes and NG La Banda.
(Bad news right now on Disco Fiesta: looks like HdP’s first gig back is Thursday. While they’re playing, I’ll be at home, unpacking my shit and preparing to watch the finale of True Blood and the new episodes of Archer. Curse you Venezuela.)
Duni had been worried that they would go on late and I told him about my theory that bands were going on earlier there now. Sure enough 12.45 arrived and they hit the stage, with a weird opening of a recording of a radio switching stations and snippets of Pupy songs appearing on each one. It didn’t really work.
I don’t really know about Timba a pogolotti as an opener either. It’s almost wasted in that spot. They’re still doing La bala de Billy. That’s actually a waste of a spot, I think. Does Pupy think Joan can’t sing Un Poquito al Reves? Such a great song to let languish unplayed.
They did Mi musica from the new album, which I do like, and I started to video it, but El Noro was so out of tune on the first couple of lines that I abandoned it, disheartened. Better to listen to the studio version I think. Dayan sang Pirolo, which is fun, El Noro, Bombones ni caramelos, which is now called Caramelo con bombon (maybe?), which I’ve described before. And then the Loca and the Loco. So no surprises. El Noro seemed a little subdued. Maybe he was missing the fervour of the Oriente. The people that were there were pretty enthusiastic; lots of couples on the dancefloor and big jiggling girls, one doing the splits. Dayan gave it everything like he always does.
I was pleased to see EL Noro was wearing a collared shirt - under his tie; as had Amaray the week before. I hope this is the beginning of a trend. Shirts for everyone, I say.
The European tour for next month is confirmed, so peeps there will be able to see all this for themselves soon. You know, if El Noro doesn’t go to Charanga. (That's a joke.) (I think.)
Well the guia bailables has just been on Disco Fiesta and if I wanted to spend my last two days seeing reggaeton, I’d be set: El Micha today in matinee at Miramar (he does every Monday), Osmani Garcia at Galiano tonight and Kola Loka there tomorrow for the matinee. Doesn’t look like Trabuco are doing their usual Monday matinee (probably cause they played there Saturday night) and nothing was mentioned for HdP’s slot at Miramar tomorrow.
That pretty much sums up this trip.