Thursday, October 29, 2009

Latino crooner sets attendance record

Marc Anthony sets new milestone at Miami's American Airlines Arena

CMN announced that its concert Saturday night, featuring salsa sensation Marc Anthony at Miami’s American Airlines Arena, drew a standing-room only crowd of 15,000 and garnered gross box office receipts of $1.2 million, becoming the single highest grossing Hispanic act ever at the renowned venue.

As a way to recognize this impressive achievement, American Airlines Arena will be presenting Anthony with a special award after the artist helped bring more than 125,000 fans at the arena through 10 shows during the last three years. The combined shows generated a total gross of $9.3 million.

A fixture in the fast-growing Latin pop culture, Anthony’s seemingly tireless energy was confirmed yet again Saturday night, as the 41-year-old crooner offered another electrifying performance during the two-hour star-studded show. The New York native belted out some of his greatest hits including “Hasta Ayer,” “Hasta Que Te Conoci,” and “Te Conozco Bien” in his usual seductive, powerful voice.

One of the highlights of the evening included a surprise visit on-stage by Miami Heat and NBA stars Dwyane Wade and Carlos Arroyo, who presented Anthony with a personalized “# 1” Heat jersey. “You know Marc, this is usually my house, but tonight, mi casa es tu casa,” said the 2006 NBA Champion before a thunder of applauses.

In a more romantic encounter, Anthony was joined by wife Jennifer Lopez as the couple performed the popular ballad, “No Me Ames.”

Saturday night’s concert also marked CMN’s second straight sold-out show following Mexican ranchera artist Vicente Fernandez’s Oct. 18 show at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, where Marc Anthony is scheduled to perform early next year. Details of that show will be announced soon.

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