Austin Vida is going east as we present our first ever showcase at Hotel Vegas on Saturday, February 18. We’re ready to show the East 6th crowd how we get down and bring the party. There is no better band to win over those hipsters and mipsters (Mexican + hipster) than with three hot party bands with the incredible Master Blaster Sound System headlining.
Opening the show is Los Bandidos Cosmicos, a band that has flown under the radar but is steadily looking to perform more shows. Led by the prolific DJ Manny and Claude McCann (Charanga Cakewalk, Afrofreque), it is only natural that their sound is a fusion of electronica, Latin rhythms and hip hop. Their incorporation of Spanish guitar rounds out everything nicely. Listen to one of their tracks here via SoundCloud.
After Los Bandidos Cosmicos, Claude McCann remains on stage to perform with Afrofreque. The Austin based group is another incredible fusion band, bringing together elements of soul, reggae, hip hop, funk and Afrobeat. Their lyrics and message aim to be conscious while creative. Fronted by MC Tigre Liu, Afrofreque has a reputation for being quite the party band.
Headlining the night’s showcase is Master Blaster Sound System. While the group is put together from members who have main gigs with other bands, including frontman Brian Ramos of Charanga Cakewalk, the group’s sound is far from the “side project” label some may give it. Their sound is a electronic based with elements of cumbia, hip hop and traditional Mexican rhythms. Its all danceable either way you describe it. Listen to Master Blaster Sound System’s self-titled EP below.
Hotel Vegas is located at1500 East 6th Street on the east end of the Salinas Building, next to neighboring sister bar The Volstead Lounge. Doors open at 9:00pm. 21+ are welcome. Cover is $6. Visit the official event page on Facebook here and on Do512 here.