Pachanga Latino Music Festival Saturday at Fiesta Gardens
It’s official: Rain or shine, the 2011 Pachanga Latino Music Festival is on for Saturday, but honestly, I have a feeling fest-goers will be too busy dancing to notice a little moisture in the air.
The best of the best is on this year’s schedule, and it’s a huge mix of local and touring artists that offer a bit of everything – old school and contemporary. That’s the beauty of it, though. The collection of bands, songwriters and DJ’s all represent a new generation of Latino and South American music. You have younger people performing music that their grandparents or even great-grandparents may have grown up with that’s now being shared with a broader audience. You also have artists applying new grooves, beats, electronic or hip-hop styles that breathe a fresher, newer life into the traditional sounds.
Here are links to just a few of the performers of this year’s fest: Songwriter Gina Chavez; La Guerrilla; Los Skarnales; Master Blaster Sound System; The Echocentrics; all-female group Mariachi Las Altenas; Mexicans with Guns; Maneja Beto; and ultra-mega world-groove party-hearty band that doesn’t quit, Ozomatli (No, seriously, have you ever tried keeping up with them? Have you?!).
The Panchanga Fest starts at noon Saturday at Fiesta Gardens, located at 2101 Jesse Segovia in East Austin. Visit the Pachanga website for a complete schedule and a list of performers. ¡Y vamos a bailar!