Bomba Estéreo, Astro, La Santa Cecilia, Que Bajo?!, Carla Morrison
A crowd of hip, multi-lingual latinos (plus a few stray non-latin types) filled the Fonda Theatre last night for an event put on by Red Bull Music Academy and their Latino music station Panamérika, called Escenario.
Originally scheduled for December last year with Natalia LaFourcade and Hello Seahorse, visa issues caused this make-up show, featuring Colombian electro-cumbia group Bomba Estéreo, Latin Grammy winner Carla Morrison, Chilean indie band Astro, local Grammy nominees La Santa Cecilia and NYC DJ Que Bajo?!
There were a line of fans wrapped around the block an hour before doors opened, and the party got started right as the bass lines from Que Bajo's opening set echoed through the theatre. Folks may have left their Stetson hats and large buckles at home, but they sure didn't leave their dance moves there.
Bajo warmed up the crowd until La Santa Cecilia took the stage as the opening act. as singer La Marisoul and the band got a warm reception. There were plenty of guitar solos, while Pepe and his accordion were a big hit as usual. Carla Morrison was invited up, and performed her song "Compartir," which prompted high-decibel screams.Next up were Astro, something of a South American version of a combination of Animal Collective and Neon Indian. The band's popularity took off following the release of their full-length album Ciervos in 2011, and the crowd clearly loved it. They also performed their track "Panda," from the FIFA 13 soundtrack.