When ACL announced its artist lineup months ago, I was pleasantly surprised to see more Latin music and acts from Latin America on the schedule than in recent years. But there’s still only a handful of artists, and much more room to grow. Let’s hope that the good turnout for all these bands nudges organizers to boost the number of Latino artists performing next year at this major U.S. festival.
All of the artists return this weekend for ACL’s second round of musical performances.
Check out reviews, photos and tweets from weekend one’s best of Latin music.
She’s one of Latin America’s best MCs. Tijoux rhymes in Spanish, but you don’t need to understand the language to get into her laid-back flow. The French-Chilean artist has captivated the Latin alternative music scene and the hip-hop world with her four studio albums and great live shows.
Tijoux was the only female artist from Latin America to play at the fest. Check out what she had to say about that in my review of Tijoux’s show.
Tight horns + hip shaking grooves = fuel 4 spirit @ozomatli#360acl#ACLFestpic.twitter.com/inCbDEhNPJ
— nancyflores (@latinoculture) October 4, 2014
Read show review here.
Mexican alternative/psychedelic rock band chatted with us before the festival. Check out my interview with Zoé. The Mexico City quintet has been rocking around the world for more than 15 years. At ACL they also featured an excellent and animated interpreter for the deaf. Read about their memorable ACL show here.
My colleague Ramon Ramirez checked out the Mexico City quartet’s blend of new wave and synth rock. Here’s why he thinks Zoé might just be the coolest band at the fest.
International superstar Juanes rocked ACL with an unforgettable show. Check out all our Juanes coverage including video interviews and an ACL concert review here.
Enjoy a playlist showcasing ACL Latin music: