Not a good year for concert for me. I didn't get to see as many memorable shows as usual and unlike the previous two years, I only did a couple of DJ sets opening for live bands. Still I got to see my beloved Ana Tijoux three times in a year and that was dope. Don't have much more to add, sorry, not a very inspired post but what the hell...
5.- Chico Trujillo @ The Elbo Room: It's always a lot of fun to see these guys live and it's also a great honor to open for them for a second year in a row. Chico Trujillo is cumbia's ultimate party band and considering cumbia's current popularity, they'd deserve to be way bigger in a global scale, but for some reason I still get the sense that their concerts here are mostly a reunion of Chileans living abroad.
8.- Sergent García w/ Rupa & The April Fishes @ New Parish: Sometimes show's lineups don't make any sense, specially when you're talking about Latin music shows. You have all probably seen something like this happen: they put a salsa band as opening act for a rock band, just because they both speak Spanish. That's how dumb show promoters are sometimes when reducing Latin audiences to a cliché. In this case however, Sergent García with Rupa made absolute sense. Both of them are born in France (one from Spanish parents, the other one Indian) and both share this mestizo approach to global politically-concious multilingual party music which roots can be traced back to The Clash (in fact Rupa made a cover of The Clash). The venue was small and it was only half full, but what a great time we had!
10.- M.I.S. @ Outside Lands: I love M.I.S. and his live performances have all been memorable (I'll never forget that one in 2009 when I got to open for him/them) but as a DJ set I was a bit disappointed. First the sound quality was horrible and then he wouldn't even try to blend songs into each other, he was just dropping tracks off burned CDs one after the other, going from 86 BPM to 130 BPM with no transition at all. On top of that, they put him to play at this small tent with capacity for only 200 people and there was an hour long line outside to get in, plus the tent had no bathrooms, so if you had to go, you had to leave the tent and then get back in line and miss three quarters of the show. That's exactly what happened to me.