TIEMPO PARA CELEBRAR: Las Vegas celebrates Mexican Independence Day with events across the valley
A long-ago revolt’s legacy has yielded a reason for revelry.
Mexican Independence Day, Sept. 16, marks the moment in 1810 when Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, aka Father Hidalgo, called for Mexicans to enter armed battle to end three centuries of Spanish rule. Events including many concerts by top Latino singers and musicians, will enable a weekend of proper celebration throughout the Las Vegas Valley.
First, a brief historical recap:
As britannica.com recounts, Hidalgo took up the banner of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico’s patron saint, in issuing the Grito de Dolores (“Cry of Dolores”), his battle cry for independence, in Dolores, near Guanajuato, Mexico. This inspired the amassing of an impromptu mob army that marched with him toward Mexico City.
Father Hidalgo was captured and executed in 1811. But other revolutionaries fought on against the Spanish and Royalists.
In 1821, as nationalgeographic.com recounts, Agustin de Iturbide, a Spanish-supporting soldier who changed sides and led revolutionaries in the Mexican independence movement, brought troops into Mexico City and seized control to secure independence.
Here’s a roundup of events to celebrate:
Puerto Rican singer-songwriter/rapper/actor/record producer Daddy Yankee will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. His collaboration with Luis Fonsi on the track “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber, tied a record for the longest consecutive placement at No. 1 in Billboard Hot 100 history. Visit cosmopolitanlasvegas.com for details.
Singers Luis Miguel and Enrique Iglesias stand out as headlining draws at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Miguel, who has won six Latin Grammys, five Grammys and sold more than 36 million records, will perform a four-night run Sept. 12-13 and Sept. 15-16; shows start at 8:30 p.m. Iglesias, who has sold more than 137 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling Latin artists ever, will perform at 9 p.m. Sept. 14. Visit caesars.com/caesars-palace/shows/the-colosseum for details.
Singer Marco Antonio Solís will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 13 at Mandalay Bay Events Center as part of his La Historia Continuá tour. Solís has won five Latin Grammy Awards, two Lo Nuestro Awards, and has been inducted into the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame. Visit mandalaybay.mgmresorts.com for details.
At the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Mexican musicians Banda MS will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 13 and Gloria Trevi will perform as part of her “Dios De La Noche” tour, alongside Karol J, a Columbian pop singer at 9 p.m. Sept. 14. Visit caesars.com/planet-hollywood/shows for details.
Pancho Barraza, a Mexican singer-songwriter, will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 14 at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Visit www.caesars.com/planet-hollywood for details.
Latin superstar band Maná, a Grammy Award winner and multiplatinum album- seller, will perform at 9 p.m. Sept. 14 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena as part of its Rayando El Sol Tour. The band’s hits include “Vivir sin Aire,” “Rayando el Sol,” “Oye mi Amor” and “Labios Compartidos.” Visit mgmgrand.com for details.
Colombian singer Maluma, winner of the 2013 Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist, will perform at 9 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Two-time Latin Grammy Award-winning Mariachi singer Alejandro Fernández will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 15 at the same venue. Visit mandalaybay.mgmresorts.com for details.
Marc Anthony, a two-time Grammy winner and six-time Latin Grammy winner who has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide will open his latest tour at 8 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Visit www.caesars.com/planet-hollywood for details.
Lucha Vavoom — a burlesque wrestling production featuring comedian Drew Carey as master of ceremonies and music by the Delta Bombers — will run at 8 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Brooklyn Bowl. LVV Champion El Bombero/TJP and Top Shelf Burlesque will also perform. Visit brooklynbowl.com/las-vegas/ for details.
At Chayo Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar at the Linq Promenade, DJ Just Joey will perform at 11 p.m. Sept. 13. Mariachis will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 14-15; DJ Just Joey and Friends will follow at 10:30 p.m. both days. Visit caesars.com/linq for details.
Cover bands will play songs by Vicente Fernández at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 in the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. Visit mandalaybay.mgmresorts.com for details.
Comedian Gabriel Iglesias will perform at 10 p.m. Sept. 13-14 at the Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage. Visit mirage.mgmresorts.com for details.
The Mama Rabbit Bar at Park MGM, an Oaxacan-inspired mezcal and tequila destination, will hold its grand opening Sept. 13. Entertainment starts at 11 p.m. with performances by Mario Lopez and DJ Yo Yolie. On Sept. 14, festivities start at 8 p.m. with DJ Crykitt followed by Natalia & Esther, a DJ and violinist who fuse electronic dance and classical music. Visit parkmgm.mgmresorts.com for details.
At Mandalay Bay Beach at Mandalay Bay, the Mexican alternative rock band Café Tacvba will perform at 9 p.m. Sept. 13. At 8 p.m. Sept. 15 at the same venue, Alejandra Guzmán, winner of the Latin Grammy for best female voice of rock for her album Soy, will perform. Visit mandalaybay.mgmresorts.com for details.
The Festival Mexico Lindo is a free food and music festival celebrating Mexican heritage and featuring arts and crafts, live entertainment from international and local artists, mariachis, folkloric dances, cultural acts, and carnival rides. It will run 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Sept. 13; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sept. 14; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 15 at 301 N. Sixth St.
A free concert at 8 p.m. at The Linq Promenade Fountain Stage will feature Olmeca and SOl Huasteco (from Las Vegas), and Buyepongo and DJ Ethos (from Los Angeles).
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