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Jon Secada bringing Latin vibe to the Egyptian Theatre

Jon Secada bringing Latin vibe to the Egyptian Theatre

Cuban-American Latin Pop singer and songwriter Jon Secada will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. in DeKalb.
Cuban-American Latin Pop singer and songwriter Jon Secada will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. in DeKalb.

DeKALB – Don’t wait “Just Another Day.” Cuban-American singer and songwriter Jon Secada is headed to the Egyptian Theatre this weekend.

He will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the theater, 135 N. Second St. in DeKalb.

Secada’s musical career spans more than two decades with hits such as “Just Another Day” and “If You Go,” two Grammy Awards for his Latin pop albums “Otro Dia Mas Sin Verte” in 1993 and “Amor” in 1996, 20 million albums sold, and starring roles on Broadway, in the 1990s, including Danny Zuko in “Grease” and the Master of Ceremonies in “Cabaret.”

Secada said his show Saturday will include a similar versatility in both Spanish and English.

“The show is kind of like the journey of my career,” he said.

Secada, who is based in Miami, Florida, is recognized as an international artist and for his vocals fusing funk, soul, pop and Latin percussion. He said the show will be loaded with his own songs, but also will include nods to his musical influences. He studied jazz in college and grew up listening to Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, and Earth, Wind and Fire.

“I grew up with just a potpourri of everything, but that’s just what Miami is like – it’s very versatile,” Secada said.

Jeanine Holcomb, marketing and communications director for Egyptian Theatre, said Secada was in his heyday in the early 1990s with Billboard hits in English and Spanish and is best known for his Latin pop style.

“It’s a really fun and good way to expand our programming when we find someone who’s like, ‘Hey, he’s really accoladed,’ ” Holcomb said.

Holcomb said this is the first time Secada has performed at the theater and anyone familiar with Gloria Estefan and Ricky Martin – whom Secada wrote songs for – will enjoy Secada’s show Saturday.

“It’s a show where you’re going to want to get up and dance,” Holcomb said.

Ticket prices start at $35 for adults and $30 for students and seniors older than 65. Tickets can be bought at egyptiantheatre.org or 815-758-1215.

Secada said the music is almost continuous throughout his show once he gets started. With some ballads sprinkled in, as well, he said, he makes a point to have the show mostly be high-energy vocally.

“Because that’s the only way I can perform it,” Secada said.

Holcomb said Secada is one of the first bilingual artists to have international crossover success. She said Secada’s show will include a full band and a front man who will definitely not just be standing still on stage.

“It’s definitely a show where you’re going to be spun into salsa in your seat,” Holcomb said.

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