Mexican superstar Pepe Aguilar launches U.S. tour in Nashville

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Saludos, amigos:

As a columnist who writes about local and state issues, most of my interviews are with politicians, business leaders and civic organizers. That's the nature of my work. But it's a rare treat when I get to talk to an entertainer or cultural icon.

On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to speak with multi-Grammy Award-winning singer, producer and songwriter Pepe Aguilar about his upcoming 23-city U.S. "Jaripeo sin Fronteras" tour, produced by Live Nation, which premieres on Aug. 7 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

We conversed mainly in Spanish, but I've included a link to a bilingual video message from him where he describes how the Western-style spectacle is going to be — full of family-friendly fun, charrería or equestrianism, bull riding, rodeo skills and dozens of musicians, including his mariachi band “El Zacatecano."

Grammy winning singer and performer Pepe Aguilar starts a 23-city U.S. tour in Nashville at Bridgestone Area on Aug. 7, 2022.
Grammy winning singer and performer Pepe Aguilar starts a 23-city U.S. tour in Nashville at Bridgestone Area on Aug. 7, 2022.

Plus, Aug. 7 is his birthday, so he hopes concertgoers will sing him "Las Mañanitas."  (Find a version by the late, great Vicente Fernandez at this link).

Aguilar told me he last came to Nashville 20 years ago to produce music. Then, he remembers he could only find one Mexican restaurant. I told him how much Nashville's Latino community and businesses have grown since that time.

Bringing a Mexican-style extravaganza to downtown Nashville shows how far the community has come.

We also talked about Aguilar's origin story.

"I wanted to be a musician since I was in my mother's womb," he said.

He is the son of musicians who first tried his hand — unsuccessfully — at rock music before finding his calling through traditional Mexican genres and spreading the culture of his native Zacatecas. He performs with several members of his family.

COVID-19 sidelined travel, but the pandemic brought Aguilar joy and sadness. It was a time of financial hardship and loss of friends and family, but also led to an abundance of creative output.

"I needed this time. This was an incredibly important moment creatively," he said. "I had no other choice, and I produced 70 songs and wrote 30 songs."

He lived in Mexico during that time and spent his mother's final days with her.

Aguilar comes to Tennessee excited about bringing a unique spectacle the people. The subsequent cities include El Paso, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Get tickets at Ticketmaster.com or Live Nation.

Grammy winning singer and performer Pepe Aguilar starts a 23-city U.S. tour in Nashville at Bridgestone Area on Aug. 7, 2022.
Grammy winning singer and performer Pepe Aguilar starts a 23-city U.S. tour in Nashville at Bridgestone Area on Aug. 7, 2022.

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David Plazas is the director of opinion and engagement for the USA TODAY Network - Tennessee. He is of Colombian and Cuban descent, has studied or worked in several Spanish-speaking countries, and was the founding editor of Gaceta Tropical in Southwest Florida. He has lived in Tennessee since 2014. Call him at (615) 259-8063, email him at dplazas@tennessean.com or tweet to him at @davidplazas.

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