¡ESSO! (El Sonido Sonic Octopus) performs funky Afro-Latin and roots rock-inspired dance music.
ESSO has shared the stage with Grammy winners Cafe Tacvba, Natalia Lafourcade, Bomba Estereo, Ozomatli, Los Amigos Invisibles, Kinky, as well as Gallo Negro, Chicha Libre, Saul Williams, Jeremy Sole, Los Rakas, Jenny & the Mexicats, Gaby Moreno, Alice Russel, Euforquestra, and Boogat. Their notable experience and active work in performing for grassroots community organizations has helped raise awareness and vital funding for important after-school, immigrant justice, and fair housing programs across Chicago and Illinois. They also spearhead free library programs, presentations, and workshops focused on cultural recognition in music and poetry for all ages.