Saturday, Aug. 24, Austin Vida is proud to present our fourth installment of our “Barrio Bash” live music showcases series at Flamingo Cantina on 6th Street. Saturday’s showcase is a special one (aren’t they all?) as it will be the first time we will be featuring Tejano artists in the Barrio Bash series. There is no better Austin-based band leading the new urban movement in the genre than headliner, Cinco Doce.
Austin’s answer to Kumbia Kings, Kumbia All Starz, etc., Cinco Doce are emblematic of the young, bi-cultural Latino who loves mainstream urban music but is more than proud of their Tejano roots. They intertwine R&B, pop and hip-hop with traditional, often-synthed, cumbia beats. Many have branded their musical style (and their lack of cowboy hats and sparkly shirts) as “Urban Tejano.” Whatever it is, la gente are feelin’ it.
Saturday’s opener is San Marcos-based Tejano band La Distancia. The Tejano sextet has been performing its special brand of cumbia-based Tejano in Central Texas for over a decade, and has a catalog full of original music and new interpretations of covers. Their recently-released single, “No Hace Falta Tu Amor,” featuring the sultry voice of singer and bajo sexto player Laura Ann, has been well-received by fans and radio stations alike.
Our special guest band (non-Tejano) is Austin-based Latin fusion band Este Vato. The group’s music combines elements of rock, reggae, hip-hop with traditional Latin rhythms. Este Vato is performing in support of their new EP, Jalapeño Business.
Flamingo Cantina is located at 515 E. 6th Street. Doors open at 9 p.m. $7 cover. $5 with Facebook RSVP. Music at 10 p.m. 21+ are welcome. Visit the official Facebook event page here for set times and learn how you can win admission for two.