Last Night: Reik at El Corazon

The boys of Reik
Last night I fell in love. With their puppy dog eyes, matching v-necks, peeking chest hair and coy smiles, Reik was nothing short of boy-band godliness. Oh and did I mention they are Latino?

Latino Grammy nominated threesome, Reik, melted hearts last night at El Corazon as a stop on their Un Dia Mas tour. Hailing from Baja California, these guys have been chart toppers in Mexico for some time now. While they are still looking for their US breakthrough, Reik performed for a packed house of mostly die-hard fans. The majority of the crowd was Latino girls who shrieked when lead singer Jesus Alberto Navarro Rosas seductively informed the audience that the boys of Reik were looking for dates.

While their honeyed vocals and heart stopping harmonies won me over, the hordes of flashing cameras, waving signs and pushy fans made me wish I could just have a private serenade. Frankly the rabidness of the fans was a little surprising judging by the size of the Latino music scene in Seattle. Regardless, Reik sure knew how to work the crowd with their flirty smiles, winks and alluring hair tousling.

Reik started their set with hit "Inolvidable" which blends the right amount of ridiculously cheesy lyrics, pop guitar and crooning vocals. They then performed a number of slower passion-filled songs, including chart topper "Fui." Ultimately, their Latino pop ballads, with a few upbeat cheery pop numbers, evoked the feeling of the late and great boy bands of the 90s. However, Reik could have used a bit more diversity in song style and type. After a while the songs started to blend into one another and I lost interest. So while I won't say they have reached the heights of N'Sync yet, I will say they are definitely reminiscent of a Mexican 98 Degrees.

Prior to Reik was local cover band Jalapeno Rock who did an enchanting cover of "Me Enamora" by Juanes, along with an upbeat rendition of Mana's "Manda Un Senal." They even dedicated a song to the late Micheal Jackson. While they didn't have quite the sex appeal of Reik, their high energy and more rock-based sound was almost more entertaining. Although this could have been due to the fact that I wasn't being jostled by screaming fans either.

For now, I can only hope that Reik will make good on their word and return to Seattle. By which time I will hopefully have memorized at least some of their lyrics.

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