Jesse Baez kicked off Lollapalooza 2018 at the Lake Shore stage. His Guatemalan R&B attracted a large Latin crowd. One girl draped herself with a Mexican flag while singing along to every song.
But Spanish speakers were not the only people who enjoyed the set. English speakers were also drawn to the catchy beats. While festivals are usually slow to get started, Baez got the whole crowd, regardless of race or language, dancing by the end of his set.
Between songs, he spoke with the crowd, sharing bits of his life story. The show itself is simple, with no crazy lights, gimmicks, or choreographed dances.
But Baez doesn’t need all that. With just himself and a drummer, he pumped up the crowd with pure talent. Even if you don’t know what he’s singing about, it’s clear that Baez is one to watch.