When: Fri., Nov. 4, 8 p.m. 2016
Not only is Mexico’s Maná the Spanish world’s most successful pop-rock band ever — it is also the most underrated. Rocanrol purists who accuse them of being too soft may have never seen them live: Cuban-born drummer Alex González is a beast who does it all (reggae, metal and, of course, anything Afro-Latin) with the precision and showmanship of Keith Moon (there; I said it); low-profile bassist Juan Calleros may be from Guadalajara but is as dependable as a Swiss watch; guitarist Sergio Vallín joined the band for Cuando los Ángeles Lloran (1995) and turned the band from an explosive pop act to an arena powerhouse; and singer Fher Olvera (a gypsy version of Sting) is, along with González, one half of one of the most prolific songwriting teams in Latin alternative music. The best thing about Maná is that, instead of playing it safe, they always speak their minds and have loudly and unstoppably condemned racism and the planet’s destruction for years, and they were the first ones to smell Trump’s bullshit. This Latin Power Tour (complete with 80-tons of equipment) comes to Texas four days before the election. Not to be missed.