There has always been a sense of fragility when it comes to my Mexican-American existence. My mother, who was always the worrying type, constantly reminded my brother and I about how scary the world could be for two brown children like us. I still hear her voice when I step out of my house for the day.
The horrifying events of El Paso have left me defeated; the beautiful lives lost have served as a reminder that we have not made the progress that we continue to claim to have made. Maybe that’s why attending the Mon Laferte concert at the Hollywood Palladium felt so emotional. There was something beautiful about standing in the middle of a crowd full of LATINX people at such a pivotal moment in our history. The way we danced, the way we sang, the way screamed and yes, the way we cried felt extra special that night.
Mon Laferte shines from the moment she steps one foot unto the stage. Every moment feels like an individual experience; Mon moves through her eclectic discography with seamless transitions.
Mon creates a new experience with every album she releases. She’s captured that exact energy and has created a journey within her concert. She moves through her various songs with ease and dances her way into your heart immediately.
While she had our hips shaking most of the night, she truly shows slammed her heart on that stage when she got to her painful ballads. “Si Tu Me Quisieras”, “Mi Buen Amor” and “Tu Falta De Querer” truly did elicit the most passionate response from the crowd. If you’ve ever wanted to hear a venue full of people passionately sing about their heartache, then purchase Mon Laferte tickets immediately.
The heaviness of the night may have also gotten to Mon because in the middle of singing “La Trenza” she found herself a bit emotional. When the song ended, she explained that she had started thinking of her mom and her grandmother. She acknowledged how hard they had to work in order for her to be able to stand on a stage in Hollywood to sing the songs she wrote.
Being raised in a LATINX household, you become hyper-aware of how hard the people around you have worked. Any privileges that you may have in life are always a testament of how much work the generations before you had to do. It was refreshing to see Mon appreciate how far she’s come. At a time when people keep trying to erase our voices, it was inspiring to hear Mon belt out every emotional note.
The night consisted of scream-singing, dancing in place, trying to reach Mon as she dove into the crowd and okay, maybe I walked into that venue defeated by the events of El Paso but I walked out of there with a heart full of hope. I may not have all the answers, I actually have very little answers, but one thing I will always know for sure is: music makes this ride so much more worth it. So shout out to Mon for allowing her vulnerability to shine in her albums, as well as up on that stage.