Saturday, May 13, turned out to be a pretty perfect day for Day Two of the Pachanga Latino Music Festival. With slightly overcast skies at times, the recent rains brought a few cool breezes to festival artists and attendees.
The mere fact that Saturday was day two of the festival marks a growth spurt for the five-year-event.
“We’ve never been a two day festival. So that’s the biggest difference for us,” said Stephanie Bergara, Talent Coordinator and Comps Manager for Pachanga.
There were so many different sounds represented, from the horn heavy funk of Austin’s Brownout to Chilean Ana Tijoux’s complex hip-hop.
“As far as the talent is concerned, we’ve really tried to embrace all things Latino, not just Latin music,” Bergara said. “We’ve got a band called Politics from Austin who don’t necessarily play Latin music, they don’t even sing in Spanish, and we’ve got a ton of amazing bands who just kind of run the gamut of genres and they’re all Latino.”
Local favorites Maneja Beto played to an enthusiastic crowd. NY-based Brazilians Forro in the Dark turned the back lawn near the Hierba Stage into a dance party with their rock and folk interpretation of their native forró music.
“Rich and I went to the drawing board and we looked at all the bands we loved so much from the past five years,” Bergara said, “and all of our dream bands and we put a list together and set out to contact these bands to see if they wanted to play and luckily everybody, almost everybody, that we asked, said yes.”
Come early Saturday evening, it was a tough choice to juggle catching Los Angeles-based La Santa Cecilia and San Antonio’s Girl in a Coma. Both groups are headed by talented women. La Santa Cecilia’s Marisol Hernandez’s voice is made for rancheras and Diaz’s husky, rock vocals give their respective groups a signature sound.
San Angelo’s Los Lonely Boys and Chile’s Chico Trujillo finished out the festival. From Los Lonely Boy’s playing their signature “Texican Rock n’ Roll and Chico Trujillo’s dance-inducing cumbia, there were plenty of options on how festival goers wanted to end the night.
Live photos by Chris Carrasquillo.