It’s been a great year. The world didn’t end. The Houston Texans are in the playoffs and U.T. pulled off an incredible Alamo Bowl victory. Best of all the venue formerly known as TC’s Lounge, Sahara Lounge, gave Latin music a new home. With multiple venues closing their doors in 2012, it is great to see a venue still open its doors to local Latino musicians and patrons. If you are still don’t have for plans tonight, and have yet to check out the eccentric neighborhood hangout, then plan to ring in 2013 at Sahara Lounge and enjoy some great Latin and African music. Who else in Austin can offer that?
Austin-based Latin fusion band Huerta Culture kick off the night’s festivities. The band takes its name from Huerta Street in South Austin where for years a core group of friends got together to jam and lay down rhythms, sometimes hosting after parties for local and traveling musicians. Their music blends elements of reggae, ska, traditional Latin rhythms such as cumbia and combines them with socially conscious lyrics. Huerta Culture perform at 10 p.m.
Sahara Lounge’s Saturday night house band Zoumountchi headline. The band performs African-inspired music backed by a horn section. Founded by Ibrahim Aminou, originally from Niger, the band performs original songs and arrangements of traditional African songs. Zomountchi perform at midnight.
Sahara Lounge is located at 1413 Webberville Rd. Doors open at 9 p.m. 21+ welcome. $10 cover. Free parking. Free Dinner Buffet and midnight champagne toast for attendees. Visit the event post on Facebook here.