Nelly Furtado, Pitbull, and Paulina Rubio
Mr. 305 was the show's highlight.
Lummus Park, Miami Beach
Better than: Plaxico Burress' Super Bowl Party
Promptly at 7:20 p.m., the lights began to swirl and Paulina Rubio took to the stage. La chica dorada played to the tastes of Latin pop fans, and judging by the response, they were in strong attendance. Her wildly successful first single off last year's Gran City Pop, "Causa y Effecto," and followup "Ni Rosas Ni Juguestes" both found their way into Pau's set list. As did hits from further back in the bag: "Tequila," "Lo Hare Por Ti," "Todo Mi Amor," "Y Yo Sigo Aqui" and "Te Quise Tanto" all made appearances, to fans' delight.
Pitbull followed her up, as rain began to come down, first in spatterings, then in sheets. But the crowd wouldn't be washed away. Luckily Mr. 305 did not disappoint. He came on with the energy typical of his performances, audience reacting in kind. He whipped them into a frenzy over the course of the following hour, tearing through jams both new and old as people bounced and shook ass in the sand.
The rain abated long enough for the Portuguese-Canadian pop songstress Nelly Furtado to take the stage, but the break wouldn't last song. Fans still didn't care. Nelly played a pretty even cross section of her English and Spanish repertoire, much of the latter off her successful full-length crossover disc Mi Plan.
When the lights went up, a drenched, sand-strewn rabble ambled off the beach, tired and wet, but content.
Personal Bias: A VIP area with free food and booze gets you better than halfway there.
Random Detail: A roadie told me it took a full week of working nearly round the clock to build the beachside stage and VIP area.
By The Way: Will the owner of a green Ford Focus please remove your car form the sidewalk near Eighth and Washington? If it hasn't been towed yet, it's in the damned way!