Pachanga Fest, the annual Latin-themed music festival, kept hips gyrating and feet tapping this weekend with an all-star lineup of Latin America’s best.
Held at Fiesta Gardens, just North of Lady Bird Lake, the two-day festival brought together acts from Puerto Rico to Chile and everywhere in between.
Pachanga Fest 2012 featured a slew of artists from across Latin America.
I missed out on all the day-one action, since I was only lucky enough to get a wristband from a friend for the second day. While I missed out on some stalwart musicians, like the Puerto Rican hip-hop idols Calle 13, I caught Saturday’s rhythmic highlights.
Hailing from Santiago, Chile, rapper Ana Tijoux brought a blistering set of bombast. Backed be a DJ and drummer/keyboardist, the trio moved the crowd to politically tinged hip-hop anthems like the MC’s breakout hit “1977.” Tijoux reminded the crowd, apologizing for her broken English, that despite the language, music is universal - a theme running through the veins of the fest.
While many of the fest’s main acts hailed from all corners of Latin America, some acts were home-brewed talent. Local jazz/afro-beat heroes Brownout showcased their funk-salsa skills. Featuring members of Groupo Fantasma, Austin’s premiere Salsa band, blazed through select cuts from their new full-length “Oozy.” Their musicianship is unparalleled, and they’ve received the accolades to prove it. They’ve backed up Prince at Coachella, and now Brownout/Grupo Fantasma have been selected by Wu-Tang Clan member GZA to back him up as he performs “Liquid Swords” at the Bonaroo Music and Arts Festival June 9th.