Although his popularity in the United States has been minute, Manu Chao is gigantic throughout the rest of the world. His blend of almost every genre possible while singing in several different languages makes his music slightly dis-cohesive, yet extremely unique. I guess the best way to describe it would be Punk/Latin/World Music, with the extra emphasize on Punk. One of his biggest influences after all was the Clash.
I was lucky enough to catch what may have been his only NW performance, at Sasquatch 2007, which was a highlight of the festival. He plays to crowds well over 10,000 outside of the United States, and has played to similarly sized crowds at his most recent U.S. appearances (Lollapalooza, Coachella, Sasquatch, Outside Lands, ACL and Merriweather Post Pavilion). Playing to a max capacity crowd of 1,500 at the Crystal Ballroom is going to be odd.
Crystal Ballroom, Portland
Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
No ticket information available
Paramount Theater, Seattle
Tuesday, October 12th, 2010