Mana at the Pepsi Center, 5/1/12 (photos and review)

Maná’s triumphant brand of stadium rock blended with the traditional sounds of Mexico is a formula that the group hasn’t been tampered with or reinvented over the years — including Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

Lead vocalist, Fher Olvera, is a charismatic frontman that swigs Tequila on stage and talks about the calamities of women who fall under the “Mariposa Traicionera” (“Treacherous Butterfly”) category. The pride of Puebla scampered across the generous Pepsi Center stage Tuesday night, getting the crowd amped early with, ““Oye Mi Amor,” a classic song from “Dónde Jugáran Los Niños.”


The music is the equivalent of a swift right jab by Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao. It’s not enough to knock you out, but it’s powerful enough to get the crowd going after a noticeable 10 year absence in the Denver.

The Mexican rockers delved deep into their early catalog with “Dejame Entrar” and “De Pies a Cabeza” before giving way to the whole reason for the current tour and album, “Drama y Luz,” with the angsty “El Dragon.”

“Lluvia al Corazón” sounded very much like it would have fit well on the 2002 album “Revolución de Amor,” however, the smash single plays like quintessential Maná, still resonating along the rest of their anthemic repertoire.

Hopefully Denver fans won’t be “Rayando el Sol” (Scraping the Sun) another 10 years before getting another Maná sighting.

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Julio Enriquez is a Denver writer and photographer, editor of the Cause=Time blog and a regular contributor to Reverb.