Last Night, Rocker Stalker Said…: Pachanga Fest in Austin, TX

Posted: May 17, 2012 in Entries

This past weekend, Austin, TX’s Fiesta Gardens hosted the fifth annual Pachanga Festival on May 11 and 12, a celebration of Latin art and culture’s influence in America.  Numerous genres were represented on the three stages, from rock, tejano, mariachi, cumbia, salsa, electronic, funk, hip hop, to indie, and although the origins of the artists were just as varied,  all attendees were united by the appreciation of the vibrant and eclectic art.  Day one started at sundown, and  Peligrosa, Austin’s DJ troupe, entertained between Houston’s Chingo Bling, New York’s Outernational, and  Puerto Rico’s Calle 13, a collaborator on Outernational’s latest, “Todos Somo Ilegales.” The second day began with Mexican alternative quintet, Umano Ache from Laredo, TX, followed by a second Outernational appearance.  Half-New York-based, half Brazil-based, flautist-led Forro in the Dark (think Brazilian Jethro Tull), and acclaimed Chilean rapper, Ana Tijoux, followed suit on the Hierba Stage.   Just across the park, pop singer/songwriter out of Austin, David Garza serenaded, and funky and psychedelic  Brownout played the main, Pavilion stage along with LA’s all girl, rock trio Girl in a Coma.  The weekend closed with a set by Latino blues-rock legends, Los Lonely Boys ( Sadly, did not get photos this time around!).

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