By Francisco H. Ciriza
This years Watcha Tour, the Latino spin-off of the Van's Warped Tour has quickly expanded into a twenty-city tour that now includes nine countries and three continents. The tour's 2001 U.S. stops will include Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Houston, and once again San Diego by way of Chula Vista. However, there is an added bonus at this year's stop at the Coors Amphitheater. Additional sponsors have added another stage at the show and also the Los Angeles show. That stage will play host to one of Latino hip-hop's biggest names in the veteran Los Angeles-based act, Delinquent Habits.
The group's Ivan S. Martin, referred to as Ives, says the group is anxious to play live and will play anywhere and everywhere they can regardless of how many shows they may have already played. "We just wound up our European tour and we'll be doing two shows on the Watcha Tour, then some spot dates around the U.S." While two shows don't sound like very much, Martin's honest enthusiasm was obvious. "We're very happy. For many years people were telling us we were sort of pioneers in the Latin hip-hop movement and now that Watcha has been around for a few years and sort of coming into its own, so it seems like a good time for us join up with them."
After a successful debut release, the band was looking ahead to imminent stardom with their second serving of Latin funk-based rap with occasional nods to more traditional Mexican music with some very original sampling. Unfortunately, the bottom suddenly fell out. Their record company folded and was unable to release the record leaving the group without a release. Faced with the possibility of complete disaster, the band struck a deal with the Ark 21 label that eventually released 2000's Merry Go Round. Martin was quick, and rightfully so, to mention the band's plans after completion of the tour. "Ark 21 has picked up the option to do a second record, so we want to get that finished and released as soon as we can." Fans of the group can't help but approve of such ambitious plans.
Some of the other artist appearing with Delinquent Habits this Saturday, September 8th at Coors Amphitheater are Molotov, Enanitos Verdes, Los Amigos Invisibles, Juanes, Kool Keith, Bersuit, DJ Max, Latin Fros, Vellejo, Verbena Popular, and Zurdok. The concert is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. with tickets ranging from $18.25 to $36.25 available through Ticketmaster and by calling 619-220-TIXS.