It was appropriate that Señor Flavio, co-writer of most of Fabulosos Cadillacs’ hits, teased the sold-out crowd at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom on Sunday night by pretending his bass guitar was a rifle. Near the end of the group’s nearly two hour set, Flavio Cianciaurlo pointed the instrument at the audience, as if to say, “Bang! We just did a great show.”
The nearly 4,000 folks in attendance agreed. Members of the crowd were hoarse after screaming and singing along to the chant-like hooks of the classic songs performed by Fabulosos. “Matador,” “Mal Bicho,” and “Vasos Vacios” got the biggest reactions from the slam-dancing, ska-loving audience.
The crowd lined up several blocks deep hours before the show, eagerly anticipating the reunion of the group, touring in support of its new album La Luz del Ritmo . The disc includes a sprinkling of new songs and fantastic refinements of some of the hits that have placed the Fabulosos Cadillacs among the greats of Latin rock. Hopefully the new material, along with the current tour, will provide fans with a reminder of what makes the group so fabulous. And here’s hoping that LFC makes a return trip to D.C. The last time the band came to town it performed at the Dupont Circle’s Garage club (most recently Club Five), back in the mid-’90s.