Los Dells set for this weekend
Final preparations are underway for the Los Dells Festival, a two-day concert event, promising to deliver some of the biggest Latin music acts to rural Mauston.
The festival, hosted by Woodside Sports Complex Mauston, runs Sept. 2-3. Mana, a Mexican rock band, will be the main headliner, performing on Sept. 2, while rapper Daddy Yankee hits the stage Sept. 3. Other acts include Nicky Jam, Prince Royce, Los Tucanes de Tijuana, Wisin, Reik, Deorro, Becky G and Larry Hernandez.
Los Dells is the first large concert series hosted by Woodside. It’s the fulfillment of a vision owner Damon Zumwalt had to bring live music to the sports complex, which hosts tournaments throughout the year. If Los Dells is successful, Woodside may add more concerts to the complex featuring Country and Classic Rock.
On Aug. 28, Promoter Damon Rey said crews are busy setting up for the festival. Art and food vendors will also be on display through the weekend.
“In a couple days we’ll start seeing the really exciting stuff, which is seeing the stages go up and stuff like that,” Rey said. “That’s exciting to see for any event promoter, to turn a blank canvas into actual festival grounds.”
Also this week, Rey is coordinating last-minute travel plans for artists, making sure flights are booked and hotel reservations are set. Rey said the goal of the concert event is to showcase popular, well-established artists, along with promising newcomers. Rey encourages attendees to come early both days otherwise they might miss a surprise performance. Doors open at noon both days for the live shows.
“We have a band called Making Movies that will be early in the day Sunday,” Rey said. “They’re kind of like Indy Rock and are really making waves. They’re a small band but I think within a few years they won’t be so small. As a music fan, they’re a band you just can’t miss.”
Rey believes Gabriel Garzon-Montano, a soul singer/songwriter, will also be a can’t-miss attraction. Rey calls Garzon-Montano a “huge talent” who has had work sampled by Hip Hop superstar Drake. Other popular Mexican acts scheduled to play Los Dells are Sofia Reyes and Kinky, an alternative rock band. Enjambre, another Mexican alt-rock group, will also be featured.
“Sophia Reyes is just a full-on pop star and also does some acting,” Rey said. “She’s a little more popular in Mexico than she is here, but has gotten quite a following on YouTube.”
Rey said concert goers should also keep an eye on Audrey Nicks, a rapper who performs Sunday.
“She is an awesome talent; just with her flow and her energy, I think she’s going to be a huge up-and-comer in the next few years as well,” Rey said. “We really wanted to focus on making a well-rounded lineup and part of that is bringing in huge artists and also who we think will be some emerging acts.”
Mana, considered the U2 of Latin music, has been rocking large crowds worldwide for 30 years. Daddy Yankee, a Puerto Rican rapper, comes to Los Dells fresh off his mega-hit “Despacito” with Justin Bieber. Rey expects both acts to perform around 8:30 or 9 p.m. with Mana playing Saturday and Daddy Yankee Sunday.
“They’ll both be ending out the days so they should be taking the stage around that time, but that depends on stage setup and when the preceding band finishes their set,” Rey said.
While he wouldn’t specify how many tickets have been sold, Rey said sales are doing well. With Labor Day weekend already bringing many people to the Dells area, organizers are expecting a strong turnout for the first-time event.
“We’re excited to have a lot of people out here for Los Dells, that’s for sure,” Rey said.
For a full-list of performers and to purchase tickets, go to www.losdells.com. Updates can also be found on Twitter @LosDells at #LosDellsFest.