Juanes umplugs at the Straz in Tampa

June 27, 2013 

He grew up in the most dangerous city in the world, started a heavy metal band. He became an internationally honored peace activist to be named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.

He'll be at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on Sunday.

Juan Esteban Aristizabal Marquez, a.k.a. Juanes, grew up on in Medellin, Colombia, during the height of its notorious drug wars. He formed a metal band that was big in his home country but nowhere else.

The young-looking 40-year-old has gone on to become one of the biggest stars in the world for his soulful Latin-flavored rock. He's won a slew of Latin Grammy Awards, including three for album of the year.

One of his most acclaimed albums, and probably the one people outside the Spanish-speaking world know best, is last year's acclaimed and popular "Juanes MTV Unplugged." His Tampa show is part of his the "Loud & Unplugged Tour," so you can expect a healthy selection from that album, and probably some flat-out rockers as well.

He's backed by a 12-piece band of musicians and singers.

Besides his music, Juanes is especially well-known for his activism in favor environmental protection and against land mines. But on this tour, at least so far, his shows have reportedly been all music and no politics.

Details: 7:30 p.m. June 30, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets: $49.50 plus service charge and up. Information: 813-229-7827, www.strazcenter.org.

-- Marty Clear

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