East Austin venue The Sahara Lounge has given a new home to bands from Latin, World and other eclectic genres that the city very much needed. Formerly TC’s Lounge, the venue not only has real history but a neighborhood bar vibe that is inviting to all. This Friday the venue will play host to alternating sets from San Antonio’s “barrio big band” and one of Austin’s best fusion-funk bands.
Bombasta is no stranger to Austin. The Alamo City answer to Ozomatli is one of the more popular Latin fusion bands in Texas. With cumbia at their core, the group incorporates elements of hip hop, funk, reggae and salsa into their music. It is a sound that very much reflects the city where they are from.
Afrofreque is one Austin’s most prolific funk-fusion bands. Their music fuses elements of soul, reggae, funk, hip hop and Afrobeat. Their lyrics and message aim to be conscious while creative. Afrofreque is fronted by by MC Tigre Liu and features Claude McCann from Charanga Cakewalk and Los Bandidos Cosmicos.
The Sahara Lounge is located is 1413 Webberville Rd. Doors open at 9 p.m. 21+ are welcome. $5 cover. Visit the Facebook event page here.