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The Bad Bunny crew visited La Perla before their show in Oakland – The Oaklandside | Gmx Pharm

It’s sold out on Tuesday, the day before Puerto Rican international sensation Bad Bunny The hottest tour in the world Show at the Ring Central Oakland Coliseum, social media excitement revolved around the superstar’s Monday night visit to Puerto Rican restaurant Sol Food in San Rafael with an entourage of 80 people.

The restaurant’s Instagram account shared a selfie Bad Bunny took with some employees in the kitchen, and the post quickly went viral, garnering over 5,000 likes and a steady stream of comments. Some wondered if he would stop by a restaurant in Oakland as well.

As people on social media shared Sol Food’s Instagram post, Jose Ortiz, owner of Puerto Rican restaurant La Perla in the Dimond District, also received messages from customers asking why Bad Bunny didn’t stop by the restaurant.

Then, on Tuesday afternoon, he received a call asking him to reserve tables for 14 to 16 people. “The group was celebrating a birthday and they brought a big cake which I put away for them. They were a nice group.”

It turned out that it was the Bad Bunny dancers who accompanied the artist during his world tour. At first, Ortiz had no idea. But it didn’t take long for his family members, who work at the restaurant, to put two and two together. It’s not every day, Ortiz said, that a large group of Puerto Ricans visit the restaurant.

The dancers from Bad Bunny with La Perla owner Jose Ortiz. Recognition: Jose Ortiz

Ortiz just recently reopened indoor service at La Perla, which has only offered takeout and outdoor use of its parklet for months due to the pandemic. Bad Bunny’s dancers, he said, prefer to eat outdoors.

After they were done, Ortiz invited them to check out the room, where the walls are adorned with photos and letters from other Puerto Rican celebrities that Ortiz has cooked for. As a result of the visit, he will soon be able to present another one.

On Wednesday morning, the restaurant’s Instagram account shared a photo and video of Ortiz with the group. “When they left, they were so happy,” Ortiz said.

Ortiz said he would have loved it if Bad Bunny had stopped by the restaurant himself, but understood the megastar’s busy schedule might not have allowed it.

Nevertheless, the visit of the dancers in the restaurant gave the restaurant a significant boost. “On Wednesday, the restaurant was packed all day with people coming in to eat before the show,” he said. “Your visit has really given us a huge boost.”

Ortiz and his family were grateful to have served the artist’s crew and, like many Bay Area fans, headed to the Coliseum for the show on Wednesday night.

The largest Coliseum audience in years

The stadium hadn’t seen a crowd like this since Game 5 of the 2013 American League Division Series, when the Oakland Athletics lost 3-0 to the Detroit Tigers. The only empty seats in the Colosseum at Wednesday night’s sold-out show were those in “Mount Davis,” the 20,000-seat upper deck area built in 1995 at the urging of former Raiders owner Al Davis and located behind the main stage.

Before the show, huge lines poured into the Colosseum from all directions. The scene inside was jam-packed with concert-goers of all ages, many of whom were probably visiting the Colosseum for the first time. The food and drink lines were a frenzy, with fans hastily purchasing items before trying to find their seats.

At 9:30pm, Bad Bunny took the stage and delighted his loyal fan base with over two hours of music. He performed 36 songs including many from his latest album, Un Verano Sin Ti, and among other things a medley of songs from his older discography. Fireworks, lasers and flames shooting up from the stage punctuated the performance throughout the show. Fans who brought BART to the show and stayed until the end of the encore missed the last train.

View of the sold out show from the second deck. Recognition: Azucena Rasilla

Having one of the world’s greatest artists perform in the Colosseum was significant for the city. Bad Bunny’s latest album spent 10 weeks at number one on the Billboard 200 and he was the world’s most-streamed artist on Spotify for two straight years. His performance comes amid a flurry of other notable shows at the Arena Coliseum complex. In September, Kendrick Lamar played back-to-back shows at Oakland Arena. Oakland-born singer Kehlani will also take the arena stage on September 30th. This show is expected to be sold out.

For Ortiz, the fact that Bad Bunny chose Oakland for his Bay Area performance is a point of pride, and he’s thrilled that the artist is uplifting Puerto Rico and its people. He’s also grateful that Bad Bunny is using his platform to give local businesses more visibility.

“Other artists don’t do that and they don’t realize how much it means to the local economy,” Ortiz said. “I’m glad he’s taking the time to visit. It wasn’t my time this time, but I know he’ll be back in Oakland soon.”

Updated: September 17, 2022 — 12:32 am

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