Stop what you’re doing and add rising Colombian stars Monsieur Periné to your playlists. And while you’re at it, add them to your ACL Weekend Two schedule.
The seven-piece ensemble crushed their ACL festival debut turning a packed Tito’s Handmade Vodka tent Friday afternoon into a sweaty dance party. Their highly-choreographed set lit up the crowd, got the hips shaking and spotlighted the Latin Grammy winners’ undeniable showmanship.
“We like to plant good energy,” said frontwoman Catalina García during the show. The band has mastered blending traditional Latin American rhythms and with jazz, pop and swing music. Not an easy feat to translate that into a high-energy live show, but the Bogotá-based group pulls it off with feel-good vibes to boot.
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Their show comes on the heels of the Amazon fires, something particularly important to the South American band. During their popular song “Encanto Tropical,” García told fans that the band had just performed in Brazil and expressed their concern for the rainforest.
“We’re conscious about what we are doing to save the earth,” she said to much applause and cheers.
Between wardrobe changes and dance interludes, García honored women and the human struggle. “It’s not fair that we have to fight so hard as human beings for freedom,” she said before performing “My Freedom.”
From head-turning clarinet solos to the power of the band's horns, every member left their hearts on the stage. And in return, a fan saluted them at the end by bringing her two hands together to form the shape of a heart.
Monsieur Periné plays again at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Tito’s Handmade Vodka stage.