Charlotte is lucky that its Latin music calendar has filled up over the past five years, creating more musical diversity for both Spanish- and English-speaking fans. We may not get Shakira, but the city has welcomed artists as diverse as Juanes, Molotov and Los Tigres del Norte.
This week, Charlotte hosts two huge concerts by two very different Latin artists: crooner Luis Miguel and alternative group Café Tacuba.
Miguel is a bona fide star. He's a romantic singer/celebrity who is Mexico's equivalent of Celine Dion or Frank Sinatra. The 38-year-old heartthrob has been linked to Daisy Fuentes, Mariah Carey and actresses Sofia Vergara and Aracely Arambula (with whom he has a son).
A collector of awards as well as women, Miguel has won five Grammys since his first in 1984 for a duet with Sheena Easton.
But Mexico City's Café Tacuba is catching up, at least in the awards department. The critically acclaimed, cutting-edge foursome – a favorite of rock en español lovers on both sides of the border – is currently nominated for six Latin Grammys, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rock Song, Best Alternative Album and Best Alternative Song.