[3/2] Preview: “Invasion Latino” showcase at Flamingo Cantina

The evolution of Latin music from Texas will be on display on Saturday, Mar. 2, at Flamingo Cantina. All three bands, headliners in their own right, take the stage to show you what Texas-based music has become; a fusion of sounds inspired by both our cultural roots and American upbringing. While the event poster says it the “Invasion Latino,” it very well could be called the “New Latino Invasion.”

Opening the showcase are the newly formed Como Las Movies, which feature ex-members from popular Indie en Español band Maneja Beto. After debuting to the public during Free Week in January, the group is on the verge of being the next Latin up-and-comer in the Austin music scene. Early YouTube vids show that their music is a Latino fusion of electronic, indie and soul. Arrive early as Como Las Movies perform at 10 p.m.

Master Blaster Sound System comes to town from Corpus Christi with members here in Austin as well. The group features Peligrosa member DJ Dus, also known as “El Dusty,” and former Grupo Fantasma member Brian Ramos who also performs with Charanga Cakewalk. Their music combines elements of traditional Mexican rhythms with electronic and hip hop elements. Master Blaster perform at 11 p.m.

Closing the night is San Antonio’s Bombasta.  The Alamo City answer to Ozomatli, the “barrio big band” is a veteran with a long history of fusing sounds before it was trendy. With cumbia at their core, Bombasta also incorporates elements of hip hop, funk, reggae and salsa into their music. Be ready to party late as Bombasta perform at midnight.

Flamingo Cantina is located at 515 E. 6th Street. Doors open at 9 p.m. 21+ are welcome. $5 cover. Visit the Facebook event page here.

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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