Photos by Kiara Morales, edited by Louis Cano
Writing by Ashley Flamenco
Cuco’s performance at the El Rey Theatre couldn’t have taken place on a more perfect day: Valentine’s Day. Regardless of whether people were with a date or a friend, love, joy, excitement, and energy were exuded by everyone in the room and you could feel it.
Not one moment of the entire show was boring because leading up to Cuco’s set were breathtaking performances by August Eve and The Marias. Prior to August’s performance, I had only heard of her, but she immediately blew me away with her soulful voice. I had recently become a fan of The Marias so I was incredibly excited to see them and I found that their psychedelic-pop music sounded even dreamier live. When people weren’t dancing or grooving to music, they were waiting in line to take photos in front of Cuco’s pink heart-filled backdrop or greeting artists in the crowd.
Later that night, what everyone had been waiting for finally occurred, Cuco’s band appeared and began their set with “When We Meet” before Cuco ran out onto the red glittery stage to join them in “Lonelylife.” A few songs later, Cuco pulled out his trumpet for the ending of “Lo Que Siento” and I had never seen a group of teenagers more excited. My favorite song of the night was “Amor De Siempre,” it was his longest performance; midway through the song the band tricked us into believing it was over and they spent a little while calming and completely silencing the crowd before they resumed the chorus and everyone started jumping again. Before saying goodbye, Cuco did the cover of “Devuelveme A Mi Chica” that everyone had been anticipating and everyone in the middle of the floor went crazy. By the end of the night, everyone had screamed, cheered, and sang at the top of their lungs so much that their voices were practically gone.
This was a truly euphoric experience and definitely a Valentine’s Day well spent. Thank you to August Eve, The Marias, and Cuco!