Thursdays are the unofficial start to the weekend in Austin. With everything going tonight, we wanted to spotlight a great local showcase happening at The Sahara Lounge with two of Austin’s best local bands. The popular east Austin neighborhood lounge will feature an eclectic live music showcase consisting of some of the funkiest world rhythms in existence.
Opening the night will be Austin’s first chicha band, Money Chicha. The group is composed of familiar faces, specifically Grupo Fantasma’s rhythm section and one-two guitar punch. Guitarists Beto Martinez and Adrian Quesada take turns trading fiery, psychedelic guitar solos, while bassist Greg Gonzalez and percussionist Sweet Lou hold it down. Get down with Money Chicha at 10 p.m.
Closing the night’s showcase is Austin’s premiere Afrobeat group, Hard Proof Afrobeat. You might recognize some of the members from Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, but these guys hold their own. The group takes heavy horns and blends them with funky polyrhythms, tropical and mystical undertones. Hard Proof Afrobeat perform at 11:30 p.m.
The Sahara Lounge is located at 1413 Webberville Rd. Doors open at 9 p.m. Cover will be $7. Parking is free. Visit the official Facebook event page here. DJ Alex LaRotta will be spinning all vinyl cumbia and afrobeat throughout the night.