There’s nothing like an Ozomatli pachanga. The Los Angeles-based party instigators and master showmen brought tight horns and hip-shaking grooves to ACL on Friday night. Not only did fans pack the Sculpture tent, but the dusty dance party never stopped.
“Austin is like our second home,” the band announced from the stage. It’s a relief that it seems all has been forgiven since the arrest of some Ozomatli members about 10 years ago during South by Southwest.
In the mid 1990s, the veteran musicians shook up the Latin alternative music scene with their genre-bending multicultural sound. Ozomatli’s ACL performance pulled from a repertoire spanning more than a decade with crowd pleasers such as “After Party,” “Saturday Night,” “Cumbia de los Muertos,” “Como Ves” and “Chango.” Their fusion of cumbia grooves and hip-hop beats fueled the spirit especially with a set chock-full of their hits.
From clarinets to melodicas, Ozomatli’s multi-instrumental skills kept the set flowing and the people pumped. But the band kicked up the energy level with their signature drum line finale. Ozomatli jumped into crowd with their drums as fans circled around them dancing, jumping and cheering. “Ya se fue, Ya se fue Ozo-mat-li!”