Juanes Tour Profile

Jul 1, 2013 9:00 AM, By Matt Gallagher

'LOUD AND UNPLUGGED' TOUR FEATURES ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS, NEW ARRANGEMENTS

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Juanes (singing lead at front-center) and his 12-piece touring band played to a packed house in mid-May at The Warfield in San Francisco.

After more than a decade of enjoying both commercial and critical success, Colombian singer/songwriter/musician Juanes continues to enthrall and energize his worldwide fan base while pursuing further evolution as an artist. His 2012 appearance on MTV Unplugged in Miami and live album Tr3s Presents Juanes: MTV Unplugged, produced by Juan Luis Guerra, took him into new musical territory. As Juanes told the Associated Press, “[MTV Unplugged] was a great opportunity to rediscover my songs and also to have all the freedom to do whatever I wanted to do with the songs. Actually, when I write my songs I always use my acoustic guitar. So for me this is kind of going back to my essence, to my roots, and reconnecting everything.”

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The live album won a 2012 Grammy Award as Best Latin Pop Album and a 2012 Latin Grammy Award as Album of the Year. Juanes’ experience with MTV Unplugged inspired his 2012-2013 Loud and Unplugged tour of North America and Europe with a 12-piece band featuring a wide variety of instruments. Mix attended Juanes’ stop at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco in mid-May.

3G Productions, based in Las Vegas, provided the audio production and equipment rental for the 2013 North American tour. The tour’s veteran audio crew includes monitor tech/crew chief Jonathan Daly, front-of-house tech Manny Perez, system tech Clark Stewart, FOH engineer Jose Amable Frometa, and monitor engineer Anselmo Rota. “For the U.S. tour we’re carrying full production,” Daly says, which includes DiGiCo SD 10 consoles at both FOH and monitors, a d&b audiotechnik P.A., Dolby Lake Processor, Summit Audio DCL-200 compressor, Radial DI boxes for stringed instruments and keyboards, and mics from Shure, DPA, Sennheiser and Audix.

“Pretty much all of the instrumentation is acoustic,” Daly says, excepting bass and keyboards. “There are no amplifiers onstage, at all. A lot of the songs were retooled to fit the acoustic profile. But it’s still loud! [Laughs.] I mean, not very loud! There are still a lot of dynamics.”

Frometa, whose credits include Marc Anthony, began working with Guerra in the early 1990s, and it was Guerra’s manager who connected Frometa to Juanes as FOH engineer nearly 18 months ago. “I have only toured with this [13-piece band] configuration,” Frometa says, “but I can tell you a lot has changed [from Juanes’ previous tours]. Before it was all electric guitars; now, it’s all acoustics. The drum kit went from nine or 10 pieces to a 3-piece set—a 24-inch kick, snare, and 18-inch floor tom—and horns were added.”






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