Manu Chao did so much jumping up and down at the Electric Factory on Friday that you might have thought the stage was a trampoline.
It was quite a workout for the calves for Chao and his backup band, Radio Bemba Sound System. The music occasioned all that hopping, both onstage and among the enthusiastic half-jam band half-Latino crowd that packed the house to see the world's only born-in-Spain raised-in-France multilingual punk-rock-rai-reggae-dub-salsa aerobic instructor rock-star rapper.
The 46-year-old Chao looked like a world music Bruce Springsteen impersonator, circa 1985, in stone-wash denim Capri pants and multicolored bandana. And at the Factory, the guitarist, whose full name is José-Manuel Thomas Arthur Chao and whose parents fled Francisco Franco's fascist regime for Paris when he was a boy, displayed boundless energy for obliterating musical genre boundaries.