By: Fredwill Hernandez
Marco Antonio Solis leaves fan wanting “MAS,” which in this case has a double meaning not only standing for the first initials of his name, but MAS meaning more in Spanish, and that was exactly what the Mexican composer, arranger, and singer did during the first date of the second leg of his Y LA Historia Continua [Spanish for And the History Continues] Tour held Fri. – Aug. 24th, at the Honda Center, [in] Anaheim, Ca.
Anticipation was high for Solis, still known to many as “El Buki” who for many years was the singer, songwriter and frontman of Los Bukis, one of Mexico’s most successful, beloved and popular bands who were together from 1975 through 1995, before Solis deciding on pursuing a solo career.
Solis is now considered [probably] the last great Mexican composer and singer with an extensive catalogue and long musical trajectory who is still loved, followed, and flocked by his fans, [before and] ever since the passing of [both] Joan Sebastian, in 2015, and Juan Gabriel who passed in 2016, both who along with Solis are [and were] considered by many [and even me] the three heavy-weights of modern-day Mexican popular music.
Through the years Solis has been able to maintain [both] his voice and his popularity, and that was evident, last night by packing [and selling out] the Honda Center.
Solis is a master of captivating his audience, while entertaining and commanding the stage, by [plainly] speaking, by singing, by dancing, by strumming his guitar, and even playing [his custom] timbales in unison with his band who had a [separate] percussion, and horns section, three [beautiful] back up singers and four [flawless] female dancers, who would appear and disappear to compliment the show alongside Solis [through its songs and dance], and their change of attire.
“Thank you for supporting me through all these years,” eloquently expressed Solis after performing “No Puedo Olvidarla,” “Dios Vendiga Nuestro Amor,” and “Se Va Moriendo Mi Alma.” “I hope I can fill your souls [tonight] since that is what music does.”
Part of the night surprises entailed Solis bringing out and introducing his daughters Marla and Alison who sang “Extrañandote,” and“Ya Te Olvide,” and letting them do their thing as sisters, as a duo, and letting them “shine” without his presence on stage.
Among those spotted [on the floor] in the front row enjoying the show were Banda singer William Garza, his manager Jorge A. Contreras, Gerencia 360 exclusive recording artist Jonatan Sanchez, Regional Mexican [corrido] singer Larry Hernandez, along with wife, and Luis Del Villar, Founder/CEO, Gerencia 360, along with [fellow Gerencia 360 executive] Gabriela Lopez.
“I attended the concert to have a great time, and to witness greatness. He’s the best well rounded talent [Musical] Icon Mexico has produced in my opinion,” expressed Del Villar.