Though some (myself included) initially doubted whether they were deserving of their place in the prestigious music fest’s lineup in the first place, their set reaffirmed that this is a place to see not only established greats but also promising up-and-comers.
Horacio Mayorga, 30, an engineer who came from Mexico City to see them and says he has been listening to their music for three years, is a bit older than the boys of 3Ball themselves (DJ Erick Rincon, DJ Sheeqo Beat, and DJ Otto, all in their early twenties), which only confirms that their appeal is beyond the obvious.
“I really like that they mix the sounds of ancient, indigenous pre-Hispanic peoples, primarily from Mexico but also from all of Latin America, with electronic rhythms,” said Mayorga. “They’re very innovative.” According to Mayorga, 3Ball’s movement is still going strong back home in Mexico, and after yesterday’s set, it’s clear that what began as a pointy boot fad is here to stay.
Also on Saturday, Café Tacvba cemented their place as Mexico’s most progressive and beloved rock band (easy, Maná fans, we’re talking alternative rock, not pop-rock). The veterans, who have been in the music game for nearly 25 years, played on the main stage, a fitting place.