Cumbia is at the heart of many of Texas’ Latino bands and musicians. Whether it is South American cumbia or Mexican cumbia heard in popular norteño music, it seems everyone has incorporated the style into their own musical fusions—cumbia-rock, reggae-cumbia, psychedelic cumbia, electro-cumbia, etc. The simple, beautiful and danceable rhythm is being celebrated with the inaugural Festival de Cumbia en la Capital at Flamingo Cantina on April 14 by some of the region’s best Latin bands.
Six bands, all headliners in their own right, take the stage beginning at 8 p.m. with Austin’s La Frenetika. Urban Tejano group Cinco Doce from Austin follow and then Bombasta, San Antonio’s “barrio big band, ” perform at 10. Rounding out the night’s bill are the Austin-based reggae-cumbia fusion group El Tule at 11, Grupo Varonil at midnight and Fort Worth’s Quimikoz Del Son at 1 a.m.