Opening Austin City Festival is a tough gig, but Latin fusion band Superfonicos got the crowd jumping at their energetic 12:15 p.m. set in Tito’s tent on Sunday.
The Austin band has been hyping audiences with their hip-switching rhythms for roughly two years and the release of their excellent new EP “Suelta” is sure to broaden their reach.
Though their music draws heavily from traditional Colombian rhythms and melodies, they also blend in elements of psych rock, funk and soul.
We caught up with the band backstage at the festival to talk about the new EP, the importance of the gaita in Colombian music and essential dance moves for a Superfonicos show.
They also shared a stripped down version of one of their lively tunes.
You can catch Superfonicos performing at the “Si, Se Puede” voter engagement event at Empire Garage on Oct. 20. They’ll also be part of the “American Experience” showcase of local bands at the Formula One races on Oct. 21.
Check out this recent live session they did in our studio to get a fuller feel for the band's vibe.