With a couple of other teachers (Natalia #1, Natalia #2, and Maryam), I went to the Marc Anthony concert in Pereira. It’s not normally I concert I would go see, but I was sure the atmosphere would be amazing in Colombia. The concert was held at Estadio Hernán Ramírez Villegas near the airport, and the same place I would see the Romeo Santos concert later in the year. We arrived at 7pm to pick up our tickets from the ticket booth.
We had “seats” on the field, just one section behind VIP. There weren’t exactly any seats – if we wanted to rent a chair for the night, we had to pay COP$10,000 for each chair. Food and drinks were available in tents on the sidelines. They served sandwiches and lechona. There was also plenty of aguardiente to go around.
The concert started at 8pm with two different opening singers. I don’t know who they were, but they were a good way to kick things off.
Marc Anthony didn’t come on stage until nearly 11pm. He performed all of his songs in Spanish and had great energy. He really knew how to work the crowd. Just as expected, the atmosphere was incredible.
The concert finished at nearly 1am with the song “Vivir Mi Vida”.
After the concert, it was impossible to find a taxi to get back to central Pereira. Both Natalias had rides back to their homes, but Maryam and I were stuck. Every single taxi that was coming to the stadium was prearranged by someone at the concert. We walked and waited for nearly two hours before a taxi was willing to pick us up and take us to Pereira. We finally got back to the city center at 3:30am. It was an unnecessarily long and tiring night, but the concert was very enjoyable.