Editor’s note: This article was originally published March 16, 2014
More than 20 years since their launch, Los Amigos Invisibles continue to create danceable, bilingual music that’s ready for an instant pachanga. And at the fourth annual Panamericana Festival, an official South by Southwest two-day showcase, the party band kept the crowd dancing on Saturday at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center.
Despite initial issues with blinding stage lights and a temporary sound glitch, the free outdoor show grew to a crescendo with a massive courtyard dance party. Los Amigos Invisibles kept spirits high with popular songs from their discography including “Viviré Para Ti” and “Mentiras.”
Los Amigos Invisibles dedicated songs to their native Venezuela, which has been marred by protests and unrest recently. The group has been vocal on their Facebook fan page about wanting peace for their country. And during the show, vocalist Julio Briceño draped himself in the Venezuelan flag while Venezuelans in the crowd waved their own flags.
The family-friendly Panamericana Festival also had vendors surrounding the courtyard selling barbecue, beer and hamburgers. A shuttle picked up and dropped off festival-goers at the MACC, making the event a perfect option for a hassle-free evening that had no lines and required no badges.
Other artists on the line-up on Saturday included Los Rakas, El Dusty, Austin Samba School and Mexican Institute of Sound.