Preview: Austin Vida & Bemba Entertainment May 2011 Showcase

Austin Vida and Bemba Entertainment are collaborating once again this year to bring you another great Latin Alternative showcase at Momo’s. This is also the second to last showcase Bemba will be put on for a while as Bemba owner Brandon Badillo will be pursuing other business ventures. Come celebrate with Badillo, Austin Vida and an amazing line up of talented musicians.

Opening the show will be Kansas City based bilingual indie band, Making Movies. These guys have been playing our showcases all spring and have not disappointed. They recently released their music video for their new single “Twenty Years” and are offering it as a free download. Now Making Movies’ are releasing their album, In Deo Speramos, and giving it away for free in anticipation of our show. The band’s eclectic sound has landed them gigs alongside Latin Grammy winners and indie darlings alike (Aterciopelados and Delta Spirit namely) as well as praise from national media outlets (NPR Weekend Edition, AOL Musica among others). Austin Vida featured the band in late 2010 with a feature interview and live filming at Momo’s. Making Movies perform at 10:30pm.

The incredible Master Blaster Sound System are coming all the way from Corpus Christi, Texas to bring us their danceable crunk influenced cumbia and bass heavy Norteño blends. D.J. Dus and Cecy Trevino join Brian Ramos (Charanga Cakewalk, Kanko, formerly of Grupo Fantasma) for one last Austin show before their big Pachanga Fest performance happening on May 21. Master Blaster are no stranger to Austin as they have performed at Pachanga Fest 2008 and on multiple occasions with the popular Austin DJ collective, Peligrosa All-Star DJs. Performing in support of their self titled EP, the group is at the forefront of bridging the divide between the live band, DJ and cumbia underground cultures. Master Blaster perform at 11:45am.

Closing the night will be Austin’s Cilantro Boombox. The music of Cilantro Boombox  combine elements of Latin, pop and rock with hip-hop, funk, electronic genre, with a dash of traditional Venezuelan music. Beats and percussion, infectious bass lines and vibrant horns with underlying synth sounds are what define Cilantro Boombox’s style. The band was founded by Felix Pacheco and Joe Woullard who play saxophones (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone), flute, bass clarinet, percussion, keys, among other instruments, and currently performs regularly with Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Ocote Soul Sounds, and Hard Proof Afrobeat. Cilantro Boombox take the stage at 12:45am.  Check out Cilantro Boombox performing live at our March showcase at Flamingo Cantina below:

Finally, those in attendance at Friday’s show will also be given a raffle ticket to enter our drawing for two tickets to this year’s Pachanga Fest upon entry. This year’s festival features one of the most diverse line-ups yet and headliners Ozomatli are sure to bring the party. We will announce winners in-between sets. You must be present to win.

Momo’s is located at 618 West 6th Street. Doors open at 10:00pm. Show is 18+. $8 cover. Visit the official event page on Facebook here and on Do512 here.

Austin Vida Staff

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