Enrique Bunbury, the Spanish singer-guitarist whose protean image and cryptic lyrics have caused some to view him as an Iberian Bob Dylan, will make three Southern California stops during his fall tour.
Bunbury will perform Nov. 17 at Viejas Arena in San Diego, Nov. 19 at the City National Grove of Anaheim and Nov. 20 at the Hollywood Palladium as part of his "Licenciado Cantinas" tour (link in Spanish). That's a major jump up in seating capacity from Bunbury's May 2010 concert at the House of Blues Anaheim.
On that occasion, Bunbury displayed the haunting baritone voice and slyly poetic wordplay packed with literary allusions that has made him a pop idol in Spain and much of Latin America.
With "Licenciado Cantinas," the shape-shifting artist reinterprets tunes from the classic Latin songbook, such as Agustín Lara's "El mar, el cielo y tú " and " El día de mi suerte " by Héctor Lavoe and Willie Colón. David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, the great Cuban guitarist (and Buena Vista Social Club mainstay) Eliades Ochoa and Tejano accordionist Flaco Jiménez are among the guests artist who perform with Bunbury on the record, which includes some exquisitely melancholy covers that go down as smoothly as a shot of Herradura Reposado.