Armed with umbrellas, rain coats and ponchos, enthusiastic festivalgoers didn’t let the wet stuff get in the way of making their South by Southwest experience memorable at the outdoor midnight showcase with Spanish international pop star, Macaco, at Lucille Patio Bar.
Fans spilled outside of a small tent. Crew members covered up speakers and electrical equipment before the closing night Sounds from Spain party, which had also featured five other Spanish bands earlier in the night.
After catching a scaled-down version of his show during a Wednesday day party, Macaco proved to be an early favorite for me, and I knew his full-blown act was not to be missed. Macaco lived up to the hype.
Dani Carbonell, the charismatic Barcelona-based frontman, approaches music with a global perspective that melds popular music with elements of reggae and rumba catalana. His set included hits from large catalog as well as his latest single “Hijos de Un Mismo Dios.” Backed by stellar bandmates, Macaco brings both musicianship and showmanship to performances that included fun moments with Carbonell showing off his mouth trumpet skills and engaging the audience with call and response sing alongs.
Macaco ended the performance with a show highlight – an extended version of his song “Tengo,” which also included some synchronized dance moves with the entire band. Cheers erupted. Unfortunately, Macaco was told he couldn’t perform an encore and audiences left chanting, “Otra! Otra!”