Cinco de Mayo Preview: “Drinko de Mayo” at Frontier Bar

The best place to find great Latino indie and alt-punk bands on Cinco de Mayo in Austin is at “Drinko de Mayo” at Frontier Bar.  With a newly upgraded sound system and an out of the box party reputation, Frontier Bar is developing into quite the new hot spot amongst Austin’s cool and hip(ster) scene.  “Drinko de Mayo” is taking things to another level with some crazy shenanigans and a great live music schedule.

While music and events will be happening all day (see full schedule here), the region’s best indie Latino bands will be playing from 8:45 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Austin Vida, Red River Noise and our friends from Eye In The Sky Collective are bringing in some of our old favorites along with a hot up-and-comer from Monterrey, Mexico. Don’t worry if you don’t speak Spanish as all the bands perform in English.

Taking the stage at 8:45 p.m. will be HUSKY from Monterrey, Mexico. Their indie-pop sound has garnered them a lot of buzz in Mexico, including Starbuck’s “song of the week” and a gig at the Hellow Fest music festival. They are one of many hot young indie bands coming out of Mexico that you don’t know about yet, but you will soon.

Austin-based Ex Machina follow HUSKY at 9:45 p.m. Their sound is a fusion of prog-rock, punk, indie and Latin rhythms. Lead by the masked Blas Moreno, Ex Machina is energetic and offers something unique in a town full of stand out talent. At the moment they are kind of under the radar, but once people see them live that should change.

San Antonio’s Hydra Melody brings their genre defying sound back to Austin. For those not familiar with Hydra Melody, they are basically the next Minus The Bear or Cursive with more of a raw edge. Every show we’ve had them on seemed to be a fanboy sing-a-long and a great time. Hydra Melody perform at 10:45 p.m.

Co-headlining the night are the McAllen, Texas based The Young Maths. The indie-punk rockers have performed on multiple Austin Vida and Red River Noise showcase through the years and never disappoint. With James Brown like conversation during song breakdowns, The Young Maths are like any other band to come out of the Rio Grande Valley. Be ready to dance, drink and sing along when the Young Maths perform at 11:45 p.m.

Frontier Bar is located at 2421 Webberville Rd. All ages are welcome. This event is FREE for 21+ and $5 for minors. Enjoy giant adult water slides, taco tossing, water balloon fighting, jacuzzis and chihuahua races. Yes, chihuahua races. RSVP on Do512 here for a chance to win a free $25 bar tab.

Ian Morales

Editor in Chief - Ian is a product of Round Rock High School and St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. He is an alumnus of the National Hispanic Institute and learned to dance at a young age with the Round Rock Ballet Folklórico. Ian also serves as the Editor-in-Chief for Austin Vida's sister site, Red River Noise.

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