Mexican multi-instrumentalist, singer and rapper Santa Fe Klan has announced a lengthy U.S. summer tour of large clubs and arenas in the Midwest and West Coast after recently selling out nine Southwest U.S. dates with fellow Mexican artist C-Kan — his first time setting foot in the United States.
Produced by Live Nation, the 16-date tour comes after his debut spring tour and sold-out Oakland Arena show, kicking off July 29 at Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix, with stops in Portland, Chicago, Austin, and others before wrapping Aug. 26 at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver. Support on all dates is Tornillo, with MC Davo joining on select dates.
Tickets go on sale Friday, May 6.
The summer tour follows up on the recent success of Santa Fe Klan’s first U.S. tour, nine dates in California, Texas and Las Vegas, the first time the artist had set foot in the U.S. Promoted by Live Nation Latin, with promoter rep Manuel Moran, It sold out in hours.
“This is opening the floodgates to give hopes to more underground artists coming out of Mexico,” says JJ Cassiere of 33 & West, the talent agency representing both Santa Fe Klan and C-Kan. “It’s saying you can come here and have sold-out tours and make a living here, too.”
Sellouts on that run in March, which also featured C-Kan, included House of Blues in Houston (1,725 tickets), The Plaza Theatre in El Paso (2,027), House of Blues Las Vegas (1,801), the Belasco in Los Angeles (1,300) and House of Blues San Diego (1,100).
““He’s a star,” adds 33 & West’s Dan Rozenblum, who speaks fluent Spanish. “He commands the crowd the second he walks onto the stage and has control of the audience. It’s electric. This package really did something for the Mexican and Latin community, bringing these types of clients and artists to the U.S.”
Cassiere adds, “Did we know it was going to sell out that fast? No, but we were pretty confident based on the activity online, and when we dropped the teaser photo that had just the cities listed before we announced and went on sale … the whole thing went out of control. Then when we announced the cities and dates, it went haywire. We teased both fanbases first so we could gauge the buzz, and it was like ‘Oh, this is about to go off.’”
Real name Ángel Quezada, the 22-year-old Santa Fe Klan may have seemingly come out of nowhere, but has a massive social media following including 7.4 million Instagram followers and has headlined up to the arena level in Mexico, including at Arena Monterrey where he sold out 16,818 tickets and grossed $270,000 on his Feb. 2, 2022, headlining gig.
The artist, who can sing, rap, play multiple instruments and genres including traditional Mexican styles and cumbia as well as straight-up hip-hop, has numerous videos surpassing the 1 million hits mark on YouTube, including his “Asi Soy” track with a staggering 237 million views.
He also has had high-level collaborations with artists including B-Real and Snoop Dogg, and his remix of a Run The Jewels track was shared on the duo’s YouTube channel, garnering more than 600,000 hits.
Management is Marcela Trujano from Olympia Music Group and Jorge Juarez from Westwood Entertainment.
The debut tour with C-Kan was notable for bringing two somewhat underground artists to the U.S. but in marquee touring venues rather than the warehouse or genre-specific venues C-KAN may have played previously.
“For the first time in, we said let’s play the right rooms and create the story of bringing him and C-KAN into the right proper venues that are not too big, so we can build demand,” Cassiere says. “The tour sold out within hours, we could have added more shows, but we kept it the way it was and didn’t add or upgrade because we wanted to be sure to build the demand and so when we come back, that’s when we start leveling up the rooms.”
Production is ramped up for the upcoming tour, as well as for the April 30 gig that just took place at Oracle Arena in Oakland, with a full band, pyro and lights, and a couple of trucks on the road.
Although a few festival plays may be in the works, including a slot at Vibra Urbana festival at the Las Vegas Fairgrounds that just took place April 30 to May 1, Rozenblum says the focus is on headlining – and should be.
“If the appropriate festival opportunity arises, sure we’ll take a look at it, but it’s not the main priority for us right now,” Rozenblum says. “He has the ability to become a superstar and we really want to keep him as a dedicated headliner. He can command rooms that big, and he’s 22, he has a big runway ahead of him.”
2022 US TOUR DATES:
Fri Jul 29 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre^
Sat Jul 30 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheater^#
Sun Jul 31 – Reno, NV – Reno Events Center^
Wed Aug 03 – Portland, OR – Theater of the Clouds^
Thu Aug 04 – Seattle, WA – WAMU Theater^
Sat Aug 06 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Great Saltair^
Wed Aug 10 – Omaha, NE – Liberty First Credit Union Arena^
Thu Aug 11 – Chicago, IL – Rosemont Theatre^
Fri Aug 12 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theatre^
Sat Aug 13 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion^
Sun Aug 14 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory^#
Thu Aug 18 – Midland, TX – La Hacienda Event Center^#
Fri Aug 19 – Austin, TX – Moody Center^#
Thu Aug 25 – Albuquerque, NM – Rio Rancho Events Center^#
Fri Aug 26 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium^#