ACl Live Shots

ACl Live Shots
Photo by Sandy Carson


Friday, Sept. 26, Zilker Park

Afrobeat is deeply political music, and the current political climate has lit a fire under Antibalas. The 12-man Brooklyn army relished the irony of playing the WaMu tent the same day the banking giant went belly up, crafting a cover of Bob Marley's "Rat Race" for the occasion and dedicating "War Hero" to all defunct financial institutions. "We need to get our priorities straight," pleaded group founder and Texas transplant Martín Perna, calling for Gulf Coast hurricane victims to supersede Wall Street executives in any taxpayer bailout. Violent horn stabs punched through dense layers of percussion as saxman Stuart Bogie screamed the names of Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld to a deafening chorus of "Indictment!" If you're thinking a lecture doesn't make for a fun-filled festival, no band laid heavier hitting funk grooves this weekend. If only canvassing for votes were such a blast.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Antibalas
ACL Live Shot: Antibalas
Zilker Park, Oct. 13

Thomas Fawcett, Oct. 19, 2012

ACL Music Fest Saturday Reviews
Antibalas (Record Review)

Thomas Fawcett, Oct. 12, 2012

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Exótico Americano (Record Review)

Christina Garcia, March 22, 2019

Texas Platters
Immersion (Record Review)

Christina Garcia, Dec. 14, 2018

More by Thomas Fawcett
SXSW Music Keynote: Beastie Boys
SXSW Music Keynote: Beastie Boys
Ad-Rock and Mike D remain funny to us, too

March 16, 2019

SXSW Music Review: Kokoko!/Bixiga 70/Jojo Abot
SXSW Music Review: Kokoko!/Bixiga 70/Jojo Abot
Afro tsunami lays waste to Sixth Street world music hub

March 15, 2019



One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle