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Last night, Colombian megastar J Balvin made his highly-anticipated return to Grant Park with an energetic headlining set at Sueños Festival. After a legendary two-day event that saw a blend of Latin artists command the stage, the Medellin-born rapper closed out the weekend with a set to remember.
Balvin, who recently postponed his JOSE tour due to Covid-related production setbacks, was on fire as massive panels flooded fans with vibrant new visuals. Locked in with a unique setlist that drew from all sides of his expansive discography, J Balvin took the stage in a yellow two-piece outfit from Korean visionaries 99%IS as the iconic opening notes of “Mi Gente” began reverberating throughout Chicago.
Undoubtedly drawing the largest crowd of the weekend, fans from all over the world eagerly displayed their countries’ flags as Balvin shouted them out and continued to drop some of his most popular tracks like “Reggaeton” and his Nicky Jam collab “X.” Over the last few years, Balvin has carried the torch as one of the most prominent Latin musicians, often collaborating with cross-genre talent while shattering the glass ceiling with streaming and chart records. Thankfully, his setlist reflected his illustrious career.
Live versions of “Con Altura” with Rosalia, “RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)” with Black Eyed Peas, and even DJ Snake’s “Loco Contigo” rang throughout the park as tens of thousands of fans enjoyed an evening of perreando, singing, and soaking up the positive energy J Balvin exudes. A champion for mental health awareness and good vibes, J Balvin also took a moment during his set to connect with fans by sharing his past as an immigrant in the United States and the need to support immigrants. He also took the opportunity to highlight the events in Uvalde, Texas, and to advocate for peace.
J Balvin continued the show with fan favorites like “QUE PRETENDES” and “LA CANCION” off OASIS, his 2019 EP with Bad Bunny. For an entirely high-energy set, the latter track offered a more intimate pace for fans to sway with their crew before bringing it back to 100 to wrap up with an epic close of Cardi B’s “I Like It” and “In Da Getto,” his Skrillex collab off JOSE. Returning to Grant Park just three short years after becoming the first Latin artist to headline Lollapalooza, J Balvin ascended on Chicago para la cultura (for the culture), and he was the perfect capstone to Chicago’s largest Latin festival to date.
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