I first heard of Juanes during my semester abroad in the south of Spain. Trying to learn more about Spanish and Latin music, I asked my host family to make me a playlist of their favorite artists. First up on the list was my soon-to-be new musical obsession, Juanes. And, on September 3rd, he could become yours too.

The Columbian singer, songwriter, and guitarist moved to Los Angeles in 1999 to try his hand at the dreams so many of us in this city have. It’s here that he was introduced to Argentine producer Gustavo Santaolalla, who heard Juanes’ demo and signed him to his record label, Surco. A year later, Juanes broke into the Latin music scene with his first album, Fijate Bien, released under Surco in association with Universal Music Latino. Winning him three Latin GRAMMYs, including Best New Artist, the album stayed at number one in Columbia for ten weeks.
 

 
It wasn’t until his second album, 2002’s Un Día Normal, however, that Juanes took the global music scene by storm. Un Día Normal boasts lead single “A Dios le Pido,” which topped the charts in 12 countries on three continents, and spent 47 consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Hot Latin Tracks chart. Unknowingly, while I was listening to the full album for the first time four years ago (I’m aware, extremely late to the game) “A Dios le Pido” became my favorite song (followed closely by “Es Por Tí”). It came as no surprise to me, once doing a bit of research, that the song, and album in general, had resonated with such a massive audience. In fact, it was still resonating, across oceans to countries like Spain, where my host family still regularly listened.

I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge how special this is… that more than a decade after a song and album are released, they aren’t considered retired “classics” or part of a musicians’ past life; that they are still listened to with almost as much as new releases. That is timelessness, and that is why you should run to go see Juanes at the Pomona Fairplex on September 3rd! The Los Angeles County Fair will be going on, so what’s better than a day of rides and deep fried pickles followed by a night of Juanes? Very little, that’s for sure.
 

 
SinceUn Día Normal, Juanes has since released five more studio albums. His most recent, Mis Planes Son Amarte, was released on May 12th of this year and features Kali Uchis and Fonesca. Juanes has also collaborated with Latin superstars like Nelly Furtado and Juan Luis Guerra on past projects, and has become the most successful artist to come out of Columbia alongside Shakira.

Whether you’re up for exploring a new musical genre, or are already familiar with Juanes, tickets are on sale on Juanes’ website.