Bad Bunny Takes Over Houston: A Night to Remember

Written by , on May 3, 2024

Bad Bunny, the international recording sensation, graced Houston again on April 30th for the eagerly anticipated ‘Most Wanted Tour’ at Toyota Center. Enthusiastic fans filled the venue, eagerly awaiting the show’s commencement as the celebration of the album Nadie Sabe Lo Que Va a Pasar Mañana would soon begin.

The venue boasted two stages and a bridge, integral to the unfolding spectacle. As the lights dimmed, attention shifted to one stage where a symphony, complete with strings and brass, serenaded the audience with graceful melodies reminiscent of Bad Bunny’s tracks “NADIE SABE” and “MONACO.” The symphony gradually segued into the “NADIE SABE” opening notes, accompanied by Bad Bunny’s voice emanating from the screen. With anticipation building, he emerged amidst a haze of smoke.

The headscarf, obscuring much of his face, underscored the gravity of his lyrics, delving into themes of identity and the uncertainty of the future. This motif remained prominent throughout his performance, particularly accentuated in the somber, introspective pieces where the headscarf veiled his features more profoundly. Conversely, he would deftly manipulate the headscarf in lighter, more playful songs, adding a dynamic visual element to his stage presence.

Bad Bunny’s stage charisma is unparalleled. He skillfully elicited beautiful reactions from the crowd, encouraging them to sing along enthusiastically to his songs. Incorporating background dancers added a captivating visual dimension to his performance, distinct from the other visual effects like screens, lasers, lights, smoke, pyrotechnics, and fireworks. The dancers’ intricate choreography harmonized seamlessly with Bad Bunny’s dynamic movements and onstage energy.

In the midst of “MR. OCTOBER,” the symphony weaved through the crowd and positioned themselves on the stairs, delivering the song’s powerful instrumentals (with the trombones stationed near my location). Following “SEDA,” Bad Bunny addressed the audience, contemplating the importance of authenticity in the face of constant scrutiny. He emphasized his belief in self-assurance, disregarding the opinions of those unfamiliar with his true nature.

Nosotros podemos controlar nuestras decisiones, nuestras acciones. Pero lo que la gente hable de nosotros, no nos vamos a descontrolar por eso. No permitas que algo que no puedes controlar te affecte. No permitas que lo que alguien que ni te conoce diga de ti te afecte, y cambia tu forma de ser. No dejas que eso pase nunca. De mi se dicen cosas todos los dias. A mi ni me importa, yo estoy seguro en quien yo soy, lo que yo tengo en mi corazon. La gente que yo no fallo esos son las unicas personas que me importan.

We can control our decisions, our actions. But what people say about us, we’re not going to lose control because of that. Don’t let something you can’t control affect you. Don’t let what someone who doesn’t even know you says about you affect you, and change who you are. Don’t let that ever happen. Things are said about me every day. I don’t care, I’m sure of who I am, what I have in my heart. The people I don’t disappoint, those are the only ones who matter to me.

Bad Bunny

Following the performance of “BATICANO,” Bad Bunny exits the stage, enveloped in a mist of smoke. Shortly thereafter, a video clip begins playing on the screen depicting Bad Bunny atop a horse in the desert, engaging in introspection amid solitude. This scene evokes a religious parallel to Jesus’ time in the desert, symbolizing a period of profound spiritual contemplation and testing. The imagery and audio of the video align with this motif, echoing the loneliness and self-reflection of the voyage in the desert. 

As the video concluded, eliciting surprise from the entire crowd, Bad Bunny made a dramatic entrance near the stage, clad in the same attire as depicted in the video and riding atop a horse! Upon dismounting the horse and stepping onto the stage, he scanned the crowd, then removed his mask to the resounding chants of his first name, “BENITO!”

Following a series of songs, the stage ascended, and following “Tu No Vive Así,” he proceeded onto the bridge connecting the two stages. Pausing, he took his time and expressed gratitude and admiration for every section of the venue. He acknowledged and thanked attendees from the upper tiers to those in general admission, a testament to his humble personality. He playfully instigated a cheering contest between each side of the audience, and the sheer energy and volume emanating from the crowd was truly remarkable.

Shortly after a couple of songs, he returned from the bridge to the main stage, accompanied by a surprise guest artist, delighting the crowd. Grupo Frontera joined him, infusing their signature norteño style into Bad Bunny’s sound as they performed “Un x100to.” The fusion of genres sparked a lively response from the audience, who danced and cheered along to the song.

One of the night’s standout moments was Bad Bunny’s electrifying performance of a medley featuring some of his most popular hits. Accompanied by a DJ who curated a club-style remix, this segment was visually stunning, with audience members equipped with lanyards adorned with cowboy boot lightsticks that illuminated the venue in vibrant hues. Notable highlights from the medley included “Yo Perreo Sola” and “DÁKITI,” with a particularly memorable moment occurring during “DÁKITI” when Bad Bunny directed his microphone towards the crowd, allowing their voices to fill the venue as the background music faded away.

In the closing moments, cascades of confetti showered the crowd as they danced and sang along enthusiastically. Bad Bunny concluded the night with the song “WHERE SHE GOES,” expressing heartfelt gratitude to the audience before exiting the stage.

Overall, it was a night to remember at Toyota Center! Bad Bunny showcased his exceptional talents, delivering an outstanding performance with unmatched showmanship and stage presence. Are you looking for the latest live coverage? Check out our page, which is dedicated to the coverage of various artists from various genres.

  • Andrea Diaz

    I'm a Senior at the University of Houston. I'm majoring in Marketing and double minoring in Public Relations and Management Information Systems. I enjoy the fine arts and love discovering new music!

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  • Leydi Gonzalez

    Hi! I am a Strategic Communications major at the University of Houston. I love all things music and photography!

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