March 23, 2012 – Today, the Miami Marlins announced the first four musical acts to perform as part of the six Jiffy Lube Friday Night Live dates at Marlins Park this season. After the first Friday home game of each month, fans will be able to stay in their seats and experience a live post-game concert on the field with top recording artists and entertainers. Puerto Rican reggaeton recording artist Daddy Yankee will launch the Friday Night Live concert series on April 13 when the Marlins take on the Houston Astros. Additional Friday Night Live acts confirmed to perform include: LL Cool J, Chino y Nacho and Flo Rida.
All 13 Friday home games will feature a pregame party on the West Plaza, including live music on the main stage, corporate partner activation areas, interactive games and entertainment. Six of the games will feature star-studded concerts, and the remaining seven games will include a post-game party on the West Plaza with live local and regional music and entertainment, food and beverage kiosks, appearances from the Marlins Energy Team and much more. Post-game concerts are included with the price of admission to each Marlins Friday Night Live game.
The 2012 Jiffy Lube Friday Night Live lineup will include performances by the following artists:
April 13 – Daddy Yankee
Daddy Yankee did more than anyone to establish reggaeton as a marketable music style during the early 21st century. Yankee’s success was so phenomenal in the wake of his 2004 mainstream breakthrough album Barrio Fino, that it stands tall as the definitive reggaeton album of its time. Boasting a pair of fantastic hits, “Gasolina” and “Lo Que Pasó, Pasó,” the album established the production duo Luny Tunes as reggaeton’s hottest hitmakers. Barrio Fino was also the first reggaeton album to reach number one on the Top Latin Album chart, a position it held for roughly a year’s time while selling over a million copies in the United States alone. Daddy Yankee became more than just a reggaetonero, having transformed himself into an international name brand by the time his 2007 follow-up album, El Cartel: The Big Boss, was released. Other albums include Talento de Barrio (2008) and Mundial (2010). His hit single, “La Despedida” from the Mundial album, reached number four on the Latin Billboard chart. “Ven Conmigo” is the first official single on the Preistige (2012) album and features bachata singer Prince Royce. His most recent hit single, “Lovumba,” which means Love and Rumba, is his way of expressing love through music. It’s no surprise that Lovumba has been on the top charts of Billboard for the more than 20 weeks, ranked #1 in the Latin Urban Chart and Pop Chart and #2 in the Tropical Chart.
May 11 – LL Cool J
Born James Todd Smith, LL Cool J is a nickname that stands for “Ladies Love Cool James.” He is known for romantic ballads such as “I Need Love,” “Around the Way Girl” and “Hey Lover” as well as pioneering hip-hop such as “I Can’t Live Without My Radio,” “I’m Bad,” “The Boomin’ System” and “Mama Said Knock You Out”. He has released thirteen studio albums and two greatest hits compilations, including 2008’s Exit 13. He has also appeared in numerous films, and currently stars as NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna on the CBS crime drama television series NCIS: Los Angeles.
June 8 – Chino y Nacho
Chino y Nacho are a Venezuelan reggaeton duo with a romantic, tropical style who made their album debut nationally in 2008 and later scored international chart-topping smash hits with “Mi Niña Bonita” and “Tu Angelito” in 2010. Founded in 2007, the duo is comprised of Chino (born Jesús Alberto Miranda Pérez) and Nacho (born Miguel Ignacio Mendoza). Prior to founding Chino y Nacho, they were members of the Caracas-based tropical boy band Calle Ciega. Following the incredible success of Calle Ciega, Chino y Nacho split from Calle Ciega and made their full-length album debut shortly thereafter with Época de Reyes (2008). Showcasing a wide-ranging reggaeton style that is both romantic and tropical, the album was a blockbuster success in Venezuela, spawning the smash hits “Vagabundo de Amor.” Chino y Nacho’s second studio album, Supremo (2011) debuted at the top of the Billboard Latin Albums Chart and during its release week, it was the highest selling Spanish-language album at the iTunes Latino store. Chino y Nacho’s recent single, “Bebé Conita” featuring Jay Sean, promises to be another smash for this duo.
July 13 – Flo Rida
Not only has the Florida-born rapper become a chart fixture thanks to the blockbuster singles “Low (feat. T-Pain),” “Right Round,” “Club Can’t Handle Me” and “Good Feeling,” but he’s also broken down barriers by uniting millions of fans of pop, hip-hop, and club music around the world and establishing himself as an international, genre-busting superstar in the process. Flo brings his experiences traveling the globe to his third album, Only One Flo (Part 1).
August 10 – TBD*
September 14 – TBD*
*An official announcement regarding the performers for the final two Friday Night Live concerts on August 10 and September 14 will be coming soon.
For more information on Jiffy Lube Friday Night Live and to purchase tickets, visit www.Marlins.com or call 1-877-MARLINS.