Friday, Feb. 20, popular East Austin venue The Sahara Lounge is playing host to a great night of live music that is being billed as an “Eastside Soul Rebel Throwdown.” The showcase pairs together Bombasta, the San Antonio-based “barrio big band,” with Austin-based soul/hip-hop hybrid Afrofreque. These two will be “battling” it out with alternating sets all night leaving only one true winner…those in attendance.
Bombasta is San Antonio’s answer to modern day Latin Alternative bands like Ozomatli or B-Side Players. With Bombasta, one and two word descriptions won’t cover the entire scope of what you are going to hear when the music starts playing. Be ready for a bilingual blend of rock, reggae, hip-hop, salsa and of course cumbia backed by a full horn-section.
Afrofreque is a soul/hip-hop band composed of veteran Austin-based musicians you may recognize from countless other local bands. Fronted by MC Tiger Liu, the group’s music is focused on mixing their positive and conscious lyrics with soulful grooves you can dance to.
The Sahara Lounge is located at 1413 Webberville Rd. Doors open at 9 p.m. 21+ welcome. $7 cover. Visit the Facebook event page here for set times.