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Gifted Colombian guitarist-singer Juanes was going along, channeling his early love of pop, Metallica, and Latin American folk music into his metal-ish band Ekhymosis. When it came time to cut the umbilical cord and launch his solo career at the turn of the Millennium, Juanes leapt up several notches, on the strength of his Latin Grammy-magnetized albums Fijate Bien, Un Dia Normal, and Mi Sangre. By this point, Juanes, whose show tonight at Chumash Casino is very sold-out, is a veritable Spanish-language pop superstar, with plenteous chops and a heart in the right place. (Got e? fringebeat@aol.com.)

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