They were chanting her name before she even stepped on stage. "Natalia, Natalia!" fans of the Mexican singer-songwriter chanted ahead of her ACL performance Saturday afternoon at the packed Vrbo stage.
Lafourcade is no stranger to Austin. She’s a South by Southwest alumna and also taped an episode of Austin City Limits. Now, the international star took her rightful place on the ACL stage before a loyal following that welcomed her to Zilker Park by waving Mexican flags, singing along and dancing.
"I'm so grateful and feliz de compartir esta música," she said to the crowd. Sharing her music with the world has helped the artist carve a path for a wave of Mexican female singer-songwriters. She's perfected a live show recipe: a killer horn section, doses of charisma, multi-instrumental skills and plenty of heart.
Lafourcade knows how to tug on the heartstrings. In honor of the late iconic crooner José José, who died last month, she performed his heartwrenching "El Triste."
In her latest album "Musas" she pays homage to legendary Latin American songwriters, and it so it seems fitting that she be the one to remember “El Principe de la Canción” as José José was known.
“Qué bonito cantan,” she complimented the crowd on their singing after an audience sing-along of the popular José José hit.
Lafourcade also gave a nod to the student-led global climate strike by performing the song “Un derecho de nacimiento,” which she wrote a few years ago in honor of a Mexican student movement that protested 43 missing students.
She wrapped up the night with the crowd-pleasing cumbia "Nunca es Suficiente," a song she collaborated with legendary artists Los Ángeles Azules.