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Natalia Jimenez

Latin pop singer Natalia Jimenez performs solo and with the group La Quinta Estacion drawing a loyal following with her strong vocal sound.

La Quinta’s first album Primera Toma yielded a hit “Donde Iran” after being played on the telenovela called Clase 406. With the second album Flores de Alquiler mixed mariachi trumpets on the break out single “El Sol No Regresa” making it a triple platinum smash.

During a separation from the group Natalia stretched out on her own with a self-titled record released last year. She performed with Ricky Martin on the Spanish version of “The Best Thing About Me Is You” and before that even did a duet with Marc Anthony on “Recuerdame.”

We caught up with her on the MundoFOX Conexion en Vivo Tour recently.

Jerry Nunn: Hola, Natalia. You are originally from Madrid?

Natalia Jimenez: Yes.
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Labor Day Weekend

North Coast Festival ends over Labor Day Weekend. Billed as “summers last stand” this electronic music party in Union Park had people dancing until the break of dawn. David Guetta and Fatboy Slim were some of the featured acts. The weather with rain and 92 degree heat proved residents will never know what to dress for. Thank the stars and the temperature boys lost their shirts in the park.
Spring brought people like Ricky Martin to town and kicked things off Puerto Rican style. While his stage set was huge, he got points for bringing an act that flew in the air. Many performers followed suit by using trapezes and limber dancers that put Cirque du Soleil to shame. Large video screens were used at the major concerts with Ricky as well as many other playing themed vignettes. Martin supplied his with gay content and equality.
Rihanna ran laps out to greet the audience. Fans screamed and cheered but were kept back by security. This happened with many shows over the summer. Mexican rock group Mana created a stage in the back of the room as did Glee to make sure what seemed like bad seats magically turned into the front row. U2 gave the audience the perfect view with their 360 Degree Tour.
Britney Spears lip synched much of her show but improved with stronger dancing and more costumes this time out. Her fans seem to follow her everywhere and some paid $1,000 for a meet and greet with the star. She was almost trumped by her opener Nicki Minaj and showed concert goers to need to arrive early or they might miss the next big thing. Lollapalooza with Eminem and Northerly Island with Ke$ha brought the outdoor venues to a new level while crowds danced in the dark. United Center and Allstate Arenas were the places to see this larger acts. Katy Perry surprised many with a combination of many the other musicians concerts tricks. More costumes changes than Cher with five within one song, riding a cloud to back the back of the room and a video montage that included a butcher, showed she cleaned up and  learned from the others.
These were the major highlights and showed even in a tough economy and music market people still enjoy live music.
Stay tuned next week to see what retro concert acts are still going strong.

Happy New Year

Looking back on this past year I was able to meet and interview some talented and amazing personalities in my column for Nunn on the Run.

Here is some great advice and quotes stars have said to me in 2010:

The Laughs

“How’s your cornholer?” (Lisa Lampanelli)

“I am sure you are much more of an expert than a married man or straight man, anyways.” (Kathy Griffin on blowjobs)

“I know that gays belong to Kathy, but any fall over, I’m going to take.” (Sarah Silverman)

“I have always forged my own unique path in the comedy and entertainment world” (Sandra Bernhard)

“I think my humor is a little dry.” (Katy Perry)

“I can’t do anything but tell a joke and steal a scene!” (Leslie Jordan)

The Tears

“You are going to make me cry.” (Chely Wright)

“You made me cry…” (Meredith Baxter)

The Hard Times

“Read my bio and you tell me…” (Belinda Carlisle)

“Oh, I will go there!” (Alexis Stewart)

“There are moments that are really and truly “make it work” moments.” (Tim Gunn)


“Well, first of all, don’t suck. Don’t be bad at it.” (Dan Savage on writing)

“Everything has to be used for something” (Amy Sedaris)

“Don’t say you are a fan of theirs. It automatically puts you in the fan category with the celebrity.” (Lady Bunny)

“Hold the tape recorder closer to my mouth.” (Perez Hilton)

Full of Questions

“Let’s make it happen.” (Ricky Martin on interviewing him)

“I will never forget that question.” (Natalie Merchant)

“I don’t really get that question.” (Ellen DeGeneres)

“I have no idea how to answer that question, let me get my husband on the phone.” (Carol Channing)

About Chicago

“I usually don’t party after the shows. But when I am in Chicago, who knows?” (Jake Shears)

“It is the only place that I actually had a job.” (John Waters)

“Chicago is my favorite city still and it looks gorgeous.” (Laurie Metcalf)

“I love Chicago.” (Pam Grier)

The G-Word

“Let the gays go wild!” (Patti LaBelle)

“I’m slightly under the radar and I do think part of that is because I’m gay.” (Rufus Wainwright)

“I’m very close to the gay community.” (Perry Farrell)

“I don’t define myself by only being gay just like I don’t define myself by only being Jewish.” (Nate Berkus)

“It definitely comes with some pressure.” (Adam Lambert)

“I think homophobia is really fucked up.” (Kate Nash)

“If there are gay men in the audience then you automatically get a great show.” (Joan Rivers)

On Obama

“He is not forcing anything but making decent strides and moving things in the right direction.” (Wanda Sykes)

“There’s just nothing that a person in that position can do now, because it’s just been bought and sold.” (Melissa Etheridge)

“I am really angry about the fact that a cultured, intelligent black man cannot say that he is for gay marriage.” (Mario Cantone)

The Icons

“It made me a lot of money. What about that?” (Olympia Dukakis on Moonstruck)

“I am a sucker for stories!” (Cyndi Lauper)

“Wouldn’t that be fun?” (Florence Henderson on hosting SNL)

“I say drag queen diet in the book because it sounds so good.” (RuPaul)

“RuPaul is just the most fabulous phenomenon.” (Lucy Lawless)

“Follow your dream and you can be who you want to be.” (Elton John)

Thanks a million.” (Lily Tomlin)

Those are just some of the highlights and big moments.  Looking forward to more exciting interviews with celebrities in 2011 Nunn on One!

Latin Explosion

There has been a spark in red hot spicy performers around town recently. It all started with the Colombian singer Shakira shaking her hips all night at the Allstate Arena in October. She began the concert with “Pienso En Ti” and truly kept the crowd in mind, telling people that it was their night to enjoy. She jumped back in forth from English to Spanish throughout the set. There were plenty of homages to other artists, such as a cover of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” and her hit “Whenever Wherever” ended with a bit of “Unbelievable” by EMF. She brought a group of girls onstage to belly dance sorry, gays were not allowed although they tried. She sang songs from her new Spanish album, Sale el Sol, such as “Gordita” and she showed how crazy she can be with current number-one single, “Loca.” She ended after an encore of “Waka Waka ( This Time from Africa ) ,” the FIFA World Cup 2010 official anthem. The same night I took out one of the members of my favorite Venezuelan funk disco group Los Amigos Invisibles out on the town. We hit four gay bars before ending up at Berlin to dance the night away.

Then Ricky Martin flew the red eye in to Chicago Nov. 12 from his previous night’s appearance at the Latin Grammys to sign copies of his new book, Me ( or “Yo” for the spanish version ) , at the Borders bookstore in Lincoln Park.

It was a long day for everyone as 650 people purchased the memoir, some arriving as early as 3 a.m. that morning. The line stretched around the bookshelves with folks young and old. One gay Latino fan cried as he related how much Martin’s emergence from the closet meant to him personally. The book describes this spiritual journey and the process of coming out for the Puerto Rican sensation. Speaking of Puerto Rican’s  singers, Chayanne brought his tour to Chicago this past week. Appearing in a puff of smoke, Chayanne sang songs off his new album, No Hay Imposibles, at the show as well as classics such as “Provocame” “Fiesta en America” and “Tiempo de Vals.” He closed the show with fireworks and his hit “Torero.”

Finally, I was able to interview Ecuadorian Christina Aguilera for her new movie Burlesque.

All of that along with a trip to Guatemala this year and a Mexican cooked Thanksgiving dinner proves that my love for Latinos is not going away anytime soon. The melting pot that makes Chicago what it is continues to make my life loca!!!

Mario Cantone

Mario Cantone, along with a variety of performers, will be reciting excerpts from celebrity autobiographies at the Royal George Theatre this month. This Sex and the City star spoke with Nunn on the Run.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Mario. You are coming to Chicago soon!

Mario Cantone: Yes, I am doing Celebrity Autobiographies, which is not really my show. It is much easier. With my standup I have not been to Chicago. I regret it. It is the one city that I want to play.

JN: Well, you have to come back with your own show.

MC: Yeah, I have to find the right theater for it.

JN: Who came up with the idea for Celebrity Autobiography?
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