On Sunday, my fiancé and I went to Modesto’s Gallo Center for the Arts to enjoy a romantic evening with two Latino singers from the 80s and 90s: Nelson Ned and Álvaro Torres. It was nice to see that the center is working hard in bringing more Latino acts to its venue. So that got me thinking. The theatre was not packed but there were plenty of couples and even families who, despite de ugly rainy day, showed up and enjoyed the 3-hour concert.
The Gallo Center for the Arts is on its second season since it opened in 2007 and I’ve only attended three of their shows!! That is not a lot, especially when I enjoy all types of theatrical presentations, concerts, plays, etc. But I have to admit, I think the Gallo Center has ignored the younger Latinos in the Valley. There has been a good amount of Latino acts that the center has booked but most of them are geared toward an older crowd. Trio Los Panchos, Linda Ronstadt, or Flamenco dancers are some of the ones that come to mind. Although there are some younger generations that also enjoy those, I believe more “youth-oriented” shows/performers need to be considered.
I know for a fact that a Maná, Shakira, Pepé Aguilar, Gloria Trevi, Jaguares, Ricardo Arjona, Alejandra Guzmán, George López, Ramón Ayala or even Vicente Fernández who has made it to the Stockton Arena two years in a row (he will be there again May 10) would sell out in a heartbeat. A lot of us are willing to travel out of town to Fresno, San José, Sacramento or even Los Angeles to go see these performers, so why not bring them to Modesto? Yes, we are experiencing harsh economic times but believe me, we are willing to spend a few $$ for a good concert, heck, the money we save in gas can go towards another or better ticket!!
Again, I applaud the Gallo Center for the Arts for not forgetting about the 38% Latino population in the area, but I do feel it is still lacking on some great acts. Los Tigres del Norte (who I’m not a big fan of, but I was glad to hear they were at the center) performed during their grand opening week and it was a huge success! So what happened, why didn’t you bring them back?
I hope to see more wonderful Latino acts and hopefully for all generations, not just the older folks.