Karol G, Becky G, Farruko and more party it up at Calibash in Los Angeles


There was no shortage of reggaeton and pop party hits being performed by big-name Latin artists at 96.3-FM Mega’s annual two-day Calibash at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 22.

The Latin megafest has been a staple on the West Coast for 16 years and is devoted to urban music that dives into the evolution of reggaeton and pop artists. It is widely known for its surprise performances through the years, with everyone from from Cardi B to Justin Bieber showing up as special guests.

This year, Calibash was presented with a special twist. Instead of the usual dozen acts booked for each night delivering super short performances, only seven were chosen for each date in 2023 to give the event a more carefully curated feel and let the artists have more stage time.

And it worked.

Despite less acts and some frustrating last-minute change ups for fans — including Chencho Coleone switching from Saturday to Sunday to take Sech’s spot, and Zion & Lennox suddenly dropping off the bill without warning — overall these were strong lineups.

We joined the fun during night two of Calibash at Cyrpto.com Arena, which saw performances from Los Angeles-bred Latin star Becky G, Karol G, Farruko, Latin veteran Chencho Corleone and rising acts Feid and Blessd. Day one performers included Ozuna, Myke Towers, Arcangel, Ivy Queen, Jhayco and others.

Here are a few of the highlights from Calibash 2023.

Becky G’s homecoming 

Having already played Calibash in Los Angeles a trio of times, Becky G’s set was bigger and better than ever this year.  In November, she was nominated for four Latin Grammy awards and she’s become a powerhouse in the Latin music scene. Her 25-minute set opened with the reggaeton classic “FULANITO” featuring El Alfa and she brought out a handful of backup dancers to add fire to the live performance.

“What’s up, Los Angeles” she screamed with her hands in the air and a giant grin to match. “It’s so good to be home.”

She rushed to the front of the stage, where fans in the pit raised their arms for a chance to grab her hands. It was clear she was giddy, and rightfully so, as it’s a massive hometown show for the 25-year-old star. Songs such as “Sin Pijama,” “Mayores,” NO MIENTEN” gave attendees a taste of her Latin pop confections. “Ya acabó,” a collaboration with California-based Regional Mexican group Marca MP came next, with the band coming on stage to sing the ballad.

After wrapping up that surprise, a fan threw Becky a Mexican flag, which she proudly draped across her shoulders much to the delight of the cheering crowd.  With her family hailing from Jalisco, Mexico, she continued the last few minutes of the set with the flag, proudly wrapping herself in it like a big warm blanket, as she finished with “Bailé Con Mi Ex” off her 2022 record “ESQUEMAS.”

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Farruko: From Reggaeton to Religion

Farruko, a Puerto Rican sensation, gave fans a little bit of a church sermon and a powerful performance infused into one. The artist received some heat in the past year after announcing at a sold-out Miami show that he was retiring, coming to terms that success and fame have only made his life more complicated. But as for his Calibash performance, Farruko was in high spirits and even played some of his most well-known tracks, along with some new church-esque ballads.

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