Photos: Austin Vida Free Week – “Futuro De Indie” at Stubb’s

Saturday, Jan. 3, we presented our annual signature Free Week showcase at Stubb’s. This year we focused on young Latinos doing big things in indie rock, a genre more and more young bi-cultural  Latino musicians will play in the future. To prove this theory, we curated a lineup that included young bands from not only […]

Pachanga Festival: I came, I saw, I cumbia-ed

Young staff writer Natalie Del Castillo attended Pachanga Latino Music Festival for the first time and got a crash course of Latin Alternative 101.

Photos: Café Tacvba at ACL Live

Mexican alt-rock icons Café Tacvba are currently on their US tour in support of their latest album, El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco. The group performed a headlining concert in Austin on Saturday at ACL Live. Presented by Pachanga, the concert was the latest installment of Latin alternative concerts produced in conjunction with ACL Live this […]

Photos: “Wazzup Tour” at Hotel Vegas and The Volstead Lounge

Hotel Vegas and The Volstead Lounge hosted a special Red Bull Panamérika event Friday night featuring Nacional Records artist Mexican Institute of Sound (MIS) and Guadalajara-based DJ duo Los Master Plus. The concert was part of the four city “Wazzap Tour.” Local support came from Peligrosa members DJ Orión and King Louie. Friday’s after show […]

Photos: Grupo Fantasma and Como Las Movies at The Belmont

On Saturday, June 29, Grupo Fantasma performed a headlining concert at The Belmont. Austin-based Latin fusion band Como Las Movies, which features former members of Maneja Beto, opened the show. Both bands utilized the visual projector behind the stage while performing. Both groups commissioned  VJ 4th Wall to project psychedelic and vintage Latin-inspired images to […]

Pachanga Fest 2013 Recap + Photo Gallery

Last weekend Latin music filled the stormy air as this year’s Pachanga Latino Music Festival began Friday night with a brief storm like you see in Hollywood movies. After an opening set by Austin-based Este Vato, attendees were quickly gathered under the pavilion stage at Fiesta Gardens and given plastic rain ponchos by the staff. […]

Photos: Carnaval Brasileiro 2013 attendees and costumes

Carnaval Brasileiro is one of Austin’s biggest gems. In addition to elaborate costumed dance numbers performed by the Austin Samba School (see those photos here), the fans and attendees themselves get in on the act, dressing up in costumes that range from quirky to kinky. Many attendees dress simply in spirited Brazilian Carnaval attire—feathers, body […]

Photos: Los Lobos at ACL Live

ACL Live and the Pachanga Latino Music Festival, the Latin-themed music, cultural arts and food festival, have created a co-branded Latin music series to be held at ACL Live throughout 2013. The series started on Friday, January 18,  with East Los Angeles legends Los Lobos supported by Los Texmaniacs. The concert was a rare “Acoustic […]

Photos: Hola Indio at Red 7

Cross collaboration tour between VICE and Indio Cerveza, Hola Indio made four stops at Red 7 in Austin this year. On Friday, November 2, the fourth and final installment was part of the Fun Fun Fun Fest ‘Nites aftershow series.  The tour was dedicated to showcasing the cross-influence of Mexican and American cultures in contemporary […]

Photos: Latin acts at Austin City Limits Festival 2012

Once again this year’s ACL Fest was light on Latino presence, but heavy on quality when it came to the three Latin bands the festival promoters did book. All three bands were bands that rarely perform in Austin, and two were internationally based. The Latin bands that performed Saturday included Costa Rican tropical funk band […]