8 p.m. Friday, July 15, at the Arena Theatre, 7326 Southwest Fwy., 713-772-5900 or www.arenahouston.com.
With five Grammys already to her credit, Puerto Rican powerhouse Olga Tañon has been a major player on the tropical music scene for two decades. Her first studio album in three years, Ni Una Lagrima Mas, shows the singer-songwriter in fine form. Within weeks of its release, the critically well-received disc hit the No. 1 spot on several international charts. Actually, we should say major force, because Tañon — in her recordings as well as on video and onstage — simply has a commanding presence. Her alto voice lends itself to a harsh, gruff style when necessary, but can just as easily be soft and seductive. She moves from merengue to reggaeton to cumbia, with no loss in style or technical proficiency. And physically, the curvy Tañon is just as strong and supple as her voice. Expect to hear classics such as "Como Olvidar" and "Mémteme" as well as Lagrima cuts including the title tune, heart-wrenching ballad "Sola" and infectious cumbia "You Need to Know."
I use to love Olga Ramon she was my merengue singer but when she came to Htown today and the cops and body gaurd didn't let her come near her fans and she left without telling any of her fans dat she wasn't coming back and left all her fans there it was a big disappointment