ACL Fest Live Shots

Sunday, Sept. 17, Zilker Park

Los Amigos Invisibles

Los Amigos Invisibles, an accomplished dance band from Caracas, Venezuela, are touring veterans, but they must have been heartened to see the first dozen or so rows in the Washington Mutual tent populated by fans standing and watching the party machine soundcheck before launching their disco parade. The place was just about standing-room-only before the first lyrical utterance, the house literally hopping by the end of the first song, everyone tentside understanding why David Byrne signed the group to his Luaka Bop imprint. The Grammy-nominated sextet of keyboards, bass, drums, percussion, vox, and guitar made it look easy, drawing from a decade and a half of touring the continents and their fifth and newest album, Super Pop Venezuela. Think of the soundtrack for hip, urban South Americans – danceable, melodic, and amusing. In their hour set, Los Amigos Invisibles didn't win any awards for BPM diversity, and while polished, tight, and energetically realized, their songs weren't that deep musically. But none of that mattered, because it was fun as hell.

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