Colombian singer Juanes warms up during a sound check for the "Beat Goes On" concert in Washington, D.C., July 26, 2012. Juanes headlined the special concert to urge political leaders to step up the fight against heart disease.


Like the title of Juanes' new book suggests, "Chasing the Sun," the Colombian superstar has come to the right place.

The rockero, one of best of Latin America, performs at Casino del Sol's AVA next Thursday, five years after his last performance in the Old Pueblo.

Juanes will be joined by 12 other musicians and singers, including vocalist Raquel Sofia of Puerto Rico, who is launching her own solo career.

Tucson is the ninth stop on Juanes' U.S. tour, which kicked off May 17 in Bakersfield, Calif.

There is no doubt that Juanes, who turns 41 on Aug. 9, and whose birth name is Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez, is entering a higher level. Critics consider his eighth album, "MTV Unplugged," to be one of his best. With production assistance from an acclaimed singer and songwriter from the Dominican Republic, Juan Luis Guerra, the record won the Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album, an award that Juanes received in 2008 for "La Vida ... es un Ratico," (Life ... Is a Little Moment), produced by Argentine music icon Gustavo Santaolalla.

In 2012, Juanes and Guerra took home the Latin Grammy for Best Album, bringing the total to 20 Latin Grammy Awards for Juanes, in addition to two Grammy Awards and numerous other awards and recognition.

In addition to his music, Juanes created the Mi Sangre (My Blood) Foundation in Colombia to help young people become key players in the construction of a peaceful Colombia. The foundation provides assistance and rehabilitation to people injured by land mines, and has worked in other countries.

Juanes is part of the generation of Colombians from the 1980s and '90s, that experienced some of the bloodiest fighting of the continent among the government, anti-government guerrillas and drug traffickers.

Juanes has used his music and world platform to bring awareness to the violence and its bloody effects. Time magazine named Juanes as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005.

If You Go

• What: Juanes

• When: Thursday, May 30, 8 p.m.

• Where: AVA Casino del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Road.

• Tickets: $35 to $105. Call 1-800-344-9435 o go to ava-amphitheater