Latinapalooza, a popular day show featuring an all-Latina lineup, returns to the Continental Club next week despite the cancellation of South by Southwest.


The free Wednesday show, which runs from noon to 7 p.m., features eight bands including singer-songwriter Tish Hinojosa, the all-female Mariachi Las Coronelas and flamenco fusion artist Patricia Vonne.


Vonne launched the showcase about three years ago determined to boost the visibility of area Latina artists during the global festival. Once the Continental Club threw its support behind the idea, Vonne says, she had the show booked within 48 hours.


This spring would have marked Latinapalooza’s first time as an official SXSW show. In addition to its annual free show at Continental Club, a showcase also was scheduled at the festival. Vonne says that integrating a show with SXSW in the future can help create more networking opportunities for the women.


“I think it's amazing that Latinapalooza shines a light on Latina power and their talent,” Vonne says. “Then these artists can take the baton and go from there.”


Over the years, Latinapalooza has also inspired a supportive environment among alumna of the show, which has resulted in various collaborations. “I think it’s very important that we have our Latina sister power,” Hinojosa says.


Also still on despite the festival’s cancellation is the annual Austin Brazil Day show from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sahara Lounge. The March 21 show this year will be called SouthAmericano Música Para Todos showcase and will include musicians from across South America.