The 2023 edition of Sueños opened with performances by FEED, Wisin & Yandel, El Alfa, Ivy Queen, Gera MX, Paopao and many more.
Unofficially the start of summer, the first day of music festivals in Chicago had it all: old-school pareos with Chancho, girl-power with the ever-fierce Ivy Queen, and even Chicago’s new mayor an emotional speech from Brandon Johnson,
“As long as I am mayor of Chicago, Sueños will always be there,” the newly elected leader said in front of a cheering crowd.
There are notably all-Latin Sueños happening in downtown Grant Park over Memorial Day weekend (May 27-28). Among the founders of Mexico’s Baja Beach Fest, Sueños made their debut in 2022 alongside headlining acts J Balvin, Ozuna and Farruko. Returning acts include Puerto Rican rapper Maike Towers, Dominican dembo purveyor El Alfa, as well as reggaeton pioneers Wisin & Yandel.
“We are thrilled to be back in Chicago for our second annual Sueños celebration,” Aaron Ampudia And Chris Den Uijelco-founder of Suenos, previously reported Billboard Español. “Last year was such a moment, you could feel the energy and excitement from the fans no matter where you were at the festival. It felt like we were there celebrating Latin music and culture with Chicago’s thriving Latino community – and this year we’re bringing even more.
For the second year in a row, Wisin & Yandel – or as they became known as “El Duo de la Historia” – helped close the festival. The Puerto Rican hitmakers took fans down memory lane, performing all their reggaeton hits like “Abusadora,” “El Telefono” and “Pam Pam,” to name a few.
Watch the best moments from Saturday below.
Gera MX Unveils New Talent
The Mexican rapper was not only grateful to be invited to be a part of this year’s Sueños Music Festival lineup, but also invited rising artists to join her on stage. “I’m just a Mexican guy chasing my dream as a rapper. saludos For my mother who came to see me,” he said in between sets. “Botella Tras Botella” brought out the cast Samantha Barron and Zari.
ivy’s stage power
“Women rule here,” she said confidently as she stepped onto the stage dressed head-to-toe in red. And she kept the girl power going throughout her set, speaking directly to the women and singing, of course, songs that span generations — including “Que Lloren” and “Quiero Bailar.” She told a fan, “I see you over there, you look good.” Who came here alone? You know, sometimes it’s better to be alone than in bad company,” Ivy said before singing her version of Bad Bunny’s “Yo Pereiro Sola.” Couldn’t sing the song, and had the best response. “They’re going to arrest me because I’m not leaving this stage. How dare he ask me to finish my set when we had these issues? I wish she got off the stage but not without giving white and red roses to her fans.
“Suenos will always exist”
Chicago’s newly elected mayor, Brandon Johnson, took the stage to deliver an emotional and heartfelt message to festival-goers. “I am very happy to be the 57th Mayor of the City of Chicago and let me tell you that you are all starting the summer off right. That’s what we do in Chicago. There is no better place to live than Chicago and the City of Sueños. As long as I’m mayor of Chicago, Sueños will always exist. Let’s go DJ, do it the right way. Let’s party like it’s 2023. Sueños, God bless, enjoy. Love you all!”
Ivy Queen was one of the first Urbano Following Ozzy to the stage and following him, Chancho Corleone, Arcángel and El Alfa took center stage during back-to-back boisterous sets. It was a trip down memory lane with Chancho, the first of the three men, but debuted with the chart-topping hit “Me Porto Bonito” (without Bad Bunny). She then sang some of Plan B’s biggest hits, including “Candy,” “Guatauba,” “Si No Le Contesto,” “Fanatica Sensual” and “Mi Vecinita.”
Then it was Arcangel’s turn to sing even his most memorable collabs like “Diles,” “La Zampa” and “Cigs Con El.” She also sang singles including “Gañas de ti” and “Pa que la pases bien”.
El Alfa, who returned to Sueños after performing in 2022, had one of the most energetic performances of the day. He started his set with a nostalgic video from 2008, where he talked about planning his international takeover. She then performed “La Mama de la Mama,” “La Romana,” “4K,” “PAM” and “Suave”.
green over feed
Before you even entered the festival grounds, you could already see all the green as people trekked to Grant Park, where the festival was taking place. Some were wearing green caps and some were wearing green shorts. Hard core fans dressed in green from top to bottom in support of the artist they were there to see, Fade. The Colombian hitmaker – who performed just before the close of Wisin and Yandel’s first day – said “many thanks to everyone who came dressed in green.” told his enthusiastic fans. “And thanks also to the people who brought the Colombian flag.” Feide, who couldn’t stop smiling ear-to-ear after seeing all the green, performed all the hits. She debuted with “Castigo,” then sang “Classe 101,” “O More,” “La Innocente,” “Feliz Compleños Feraxo,” “Normal,” “Mojando Asientos” and “Chorito Pa Las Animas.”
el duo de la historia
After performing in 2022, Wisin and Yandel return to Sueños to close the first day of this year’s festival on Saturday (May 27). The Puerto Rican duo’s set was epic, as expected, with Wisin reflecting on how important the event was. “Years ago, it was impossible to [a festival] Like this. Now, we are very proud to see all our flags from Latin America. We know you’re all here to have a good time.” And so they treated fans to a good time, singing all the oldies but goodies, from “Noche de Sexo” to “El Telefono,” “Sexy Movimiento” and “Abusadora.” At the end of the one-hour set, Fade returned to the stage to sing his collaboration with Yandel, “Yandel 150.”
Yandle told his fans, “It’s an honor to be here.” “Thank you for always supporting us.” And with that, the first day of Sueños is over.