Thursday, July 4, is the next installment of the East Side Latin (ESL) Jam session at The Sahara Lounge. Curated by Austin-based musician and Latino singer-songwriter Kiko Villamizar, the biweekly event is an open forum for musicians and artists to “jam” Latino estyle together and express themselves, even through poetry. No Latin-based genre is discriminated against.
After the jam session, Sahara Lounge will also feature an open mic hosted by Austin-based hip hop duo Krudas Cubensi. MCs Odaymara Cuesta (Pasa Kruda) and Olivia Kruda Prendes will open up the mic to attendees to rhyme with the duo or “spit that spoken word” with them.
Also for Friday’s event, attendees of the open mic and jam session are encouraged to dress in masquerade costume accessories.
The Sahara Lounge is located at 1413 Webberville Rd. Doors open at 9 p.m. $5 cover. 21+ welcome. The $5 cover helps organizers sustain the jam session while covering the cost of a buffet that includes a vegan version of the Colombian food Villamizar cooks up himself. Visit the official Facebook event page here.
Watch this clip from one of the previous ESL Jam Sessions at Sahara Lounge. Please note that each session is unique and different due to different participants and attendees. This video is only to give a visual and audio sample of what the ESL Jam Sessions are like.