Tonight the Flamingo Cantina is the place to be for cumbia lovers. Three of Austin’s best Latin bands, each with their own unique sound, are sure to provide those in attendance with a great Saturday night. Be ready to arrive early and stay late for what is appropriately titled “Cumbia Explosion.”
Showcase openers Manzanas Malas feature front woman Victoria Acosta of recent American Idol fame and critically acclaimed DJ Villa who plays double duty as both MC and DJ. Their music music fuses elements of cumbia, salsa, pop, hip hop and other traditional Latin rhythms. Think Black Eyed Peas with Latin sabor.
Following Manzanas Malas are Austin’s South American style gypsy-punkers La Guerrilla. The brainchild of Peruvian singer-songwriter Enrique Rumiche. Founded in 2009,their music combines punk rock with elements of ska, surf-rock and reggae with traditional Latin rhythms. Long story short, La Guerrilla is Austin’s Latino answer to Gogol Bordello. Expect ska style horns, megaphones, costume props and a couple of ballads here and there.
Closing the night’s showcase will be Austin-based urban Tejano band, Cinco Doce. The group has made its mark in recent years with a trademark sound heavily influenced by Tejano and rock, as well as other rhythmic genres like bachata, reggaeton, and hip-hop. Their great stage show, unique sound, and hip, urban-inspired image, have gained them a loyal following, particularly among younger listeners. Recently, the group was featured on MTV Tr3s, winning “El Headliner” for September 2012.
Flamingo Cantina is located at 515 E. 6th Street. Doors open at 9 p.m. 21+ welcome. $5 cover. Visit the Facebook event page here.