Friday, July 11, Austin-based promoter Border Sessions will host a great two band lineup that includes Austin’s first chicha band and a new band with many of those members paying tribute to one of their faves at Symphony Square. It will be a rare treat for Latin Alternative fans as the Clandestino All-Stars bring the spirit of Manu Chao to life (he’s still alive, don’t worry) by performing his classic album Clandestino in its entirety.
Clandestino All-Stars are an all-star group featuring members of Grupo Fantasma, Brownout, Master Blaster Sound System and a few other bands. They made their debut at Mohawk in May with many left wanting more.
Money Chicha are composed of members from Grupo Fantasma and Brownout. Their music pays homage to the musical and cultural movement of the ’60s and ’70s found in Peru and Colombia, incorporating the psychedelic sounds of guitars, fuzz, and reverb with heavy percussion. If you’ve never heard chicha music live, Money Chicha is a good place to start.
Jane Dunn Sibley Symphony Square, an attractive complex of four historical limestone buildings and a 350-seat amphitheater at the corner of Red River and 11th St. near the Capitol in Austin. All ages welcome. $10 cover. 8 p.m. Visit the Facebook event page here.
While Austinites are getting ready for the big Pachanga Latino Music Fest (Pachanga) this weekend, a few unofficial pre-parties are poppin’ up including a great two band bill at Gypsy Lounge on Friday, May 9. The bill includes Austin-based psychedelic chicha band Money Chicha and South American-fusion band, La Frenetika. Although not an official Pachanga pre-party, the Facebook event page does mention Pachanga ticket giveaways will happen throughout the night.
Headliners Money Chicha are one of the many bands in the Grupo Fantasma family of bands that includes Brownout, Spanish Gold, Ocote Soul Sounds and The Echocentrics. Their music pays homage to the musical and cultural movement of the ’60s and ’70s found in Peru and Colombia with elements of psych-rock.
Openers La Frenetika are big in membership and big in sound. The Latin-fusion collective performs a medley of various original songs and covers of popular vallenato, gozadera, Colombian cumbia and guapacha classics from South America.
Gypsy Lounge is located at 1504 E. 6th Street next to Hotel Vegas and Volstead. Doors open at 9 p.m. 21+ welcome. $5 cover. Visit the Facebook event page here.
Money Chicha is Austin’s first chicha group, incorporating the psychedelic sounds of guitars, fuzz, and reverb with heavy percussion. Featuring members of Grupo Fantasma and Brownout, their music pays homage to the musical and cultural movement of the ’60s and ’70s found in Peru and Colombia.
On Saturday, Apr. 5, Money Chicha will be performing a headlining show at Empire Control Room & Garage. They will be joined by two of Austin’s finest, Afro-Latin fusionists Cilantro Boombox and the Afrodelic funksters, The Golden Dawn Arkestra. The best part? We have a couple of guest list spots we are giving away to a couple of our lucky Austin Vida readers.
The giveaway will be conducted as a raffle from our email list. Just click “enter the drawing” below after submitting your full name and email address. Only those who submit full names will be entered in the drawing. We will pick the winner from these submissions before 6 p.m.on Friday, the day before the show. The winner will be notified via email from Austin Vida. Good luck heepsters!
Empire Control Room & Garage is located at 606 E. 7th Street. Doors open at 8 p.m. Show starts at 9 p.m. 21+ welcome. Advance tickets are available for purchase online here. Visit the Facebook event page here. $5 ticket at the door if you come dressed in Interstellar Golden Garb.
In Peru, in the late 60’s and 1970’s, from the slums of Lima to the jungle towns of the Amazon, a new sound emerged which would come to be known as Chicha. Influenced by Colombian Cumbia, this new tropical sound used a classic Afro-Caribbean rhythm section of bass, bells, bongos, congas and timbales along with modern electric instruments – electric guitars, Farfisas and an occasional Moog synth.
Fast-forward some forty years, and here comes the first “Chicha Summit.” Three North-American bands that have embraced a sound long-forgotten will play their own take on Chicha: Money Chicha, from Austin, Chicha Dust from Tucson and Chicha Libre, from Brooklyn.
The “Chicha Summit” here in Austin will take place on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Flamingo Cantina. The best part? We have a pair of tickets to give away to one of our lucky Austin Vida readers.
The giveaway will be conducted as a raffle from our email list. Just click “enter the drawing” below and submit your full name and email address. We will pick the first winner from these submissions before 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, the day before the show. Only submissions with both first and last names will be officially entered in the drawing. The winner will be notified via email from Austin Vida. Good luck!
Flamingo Cantina is located at 515 E. 6th Street. Doors open at 9 p.m. 21+ welcome. Tickets are available for purchase at the door for $10.
* Please note the featured video of Money Chicha does not include the current lineup but does capture the sound and vibe of their live set.