By Alexander Mabry
Updated September 03, 2013

During the first night of concerts of Festival People en Español 2013, many of the featured artists debuted songs from their new releases.

Mexican singer Maite Perroni kicked off the San Antonio, Texas evening by singing selections from her new LP Eclipse de luna (Lunar Eclipse), highlighting her latest bachata single “Tú y yo” (You and Me).

Norteña idol Bobby Pulido came onstage wearing tight jeans and a cowboy hat, rousing the audience with sexy moves while singing “Desvelado” (Sleepless) and “Vive” (Live).

Lili Estefan, presenter of Univisión's celebrity newsmagazine El gordo y la flaca, was the host for the Alamodome evening. Her uncle, Emilio Estefan, Festival concert producer, graced the stage to present DJ Tone as winner of Festival contest Texas Top DJ. Tone rose to the occasion with a barrage of house beats, toasting and scratching, with remixes of popular Latin pop numbers like “Suavemente” (Smoothly) weaving in and out of the mix.

After Tone's performance, Raúl “El Gordo” De Molina introduced Gossip Girl Acapulco Mexican star Carla Mauri, who gave her first performance in the United States. Her set included an energetic rendition of the song “Tengo Que Olvidarme de Ti” (I Have To Forget You), a top ten hit on Mexican radio.

After a short speech from People en Español editor Armando Correa and San Antonio mayor Julián Castro, Jencarlos Canela entered the stage with his song “Tu Sombra”. Later on, he told the anecdote of how he daydreamed having his records being announced #1 by the radio DJ, and how that dream is now fulfilled. The heartthrob finished his performance by singing his latest hit “I Love It”.

Poncho de Anda and Angélica María —judges on MundoFox's TV show El factor X, the Spanish language The X Factor— made a brief appearance to invite everyone to watch the singing competition.

Then it was Gloria Estefan's turn. The Cuban singer reviewed many of her greatest hits and received a few surprises, as for example young mariachi singer Sebastien De La Cruz regaling her with a rendition of the popular birthday song “Las mañanitas” and a video played on a huge screen where many famous faces, friends and family wished her a very happy birthday. People en Español editor Armando Correa and publisher Monique Manso, appeared onstage to give Estefan the People en Español Ícono Award in recognition her career achievements.

After so many emotional moments, the party got more intense with Alejandro Fernández, who has just released his new album Confidencias. The Mexican pop and mariachi idol entered the stage singing “Concavo y convexo” (Concave and Convex) followed by “Desahogo.” The crowd sang along to his classics “Hoy Tengo Ganas de Ti” (I Feel For You Today) and “Me dediqué a perderte” (I Am Dedicated To Losing You). After a short mariachi session, Fernández returned to the stage wearing his charro suit to perform great hits like “Mátalas” (Kill Them) and “Como quien pierde a una estrella” (Like the One Who Loses a Star).

The Mexican singer took a moment to talk about his father Vicente Fernández‘s recovery from his recent hospital stay for pulmonary embolia and thanked the audience for their prayers.

When everybody thought the night was over, bachata singer Prince Royce was announced as the secret performer who closed an electrifying first night at the Alamodome.

Gloria Estefan with her husband Emilio surrounded by friends and family during her birthday celebrations at the Alamodome.