[5/8] Preview: Pachanga Kick-Off Party at Spider House Ballroom

Pachanga Kickoff posterFriday, May 8, the folks at Austin Music Foundation are presenting the Pachanga kick0ff party at Spider House Ballroom. The fest is less than two weeks away and Friday’s kickoff is a great way to get in the mood for the annual Latin music Fest. Austin-based groups Macaxeira Funk, La Vida Buena and Kiko Villamizar all perform.

Macaxeira Funk is a Brazilian-inspired funk band whose music is an infectious mixture of (mostly) Portuguese lyrics, samba and funk. The group is fronted by Frederico Geib, whom many will know from Austin-based groups Os Alquimistas, Frederico 7 and Suns of Orpheus. There are more familiar faces in the brass section as many are seasoned veterans from other Austin bands new and old, including Cilantro Boombox and La Guerrilla. The group is currently in the works on a debut release.

Austin-based hip-hop/salsa group La Vida Buena are some of our favorite party starters. Lead by member Louie “Luison” Alarcon, the group performs original tracks from their debut EP ¡Checkpoint Alpha! as well as salsa-fied covers of popular hip-hop and R&B tracks.

Singer-songwriter Kiko Villmizar is the first artist to release an album on the newly founded Discos Peligrosa from Peligrosa frontman Orion Garcia. Villamizar released his debut album, La Remolacha, in January. His music combines Afro-Colombian styles with strong Caribbean and South American influences. On May 7, Villamizar will celebrate the city of Austin declaring a “Kiko Villamizar Day.”

Spider House Ballroom is located at 2906 Fruth Street. Doors open at 8 p.m. All ages welcome. $10 cover. Visit the Facebook event page here.

Macaxeira Funk

La Vida Buena

Kiko Villamizar

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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