Editor’s note: This article was originally published September 9, 2014
Austin’s Pachanga Latino Music Festival expanded beyond the city limits today with the launch of the Red Bull Panamérika Tour that’ll go to several Texas cities this week.
Latin alternative artists and Pachanga Fest alums Bomba Estéreo and Los Rakas will be featured on the tour, which kicks off in El Paso. Other tour stops include Corpus Christi’s House of Rock on Sept. 11, Houston’s Warehouse Live on Sept. 12 and San Antonio’s Échale Block Party on Sept. 13.
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring a taste of the Pachanga musical experience outside of Austin and to the rest of Texas,” Pachanga founder Rich Garza said in a news release. This year’s Pachanga Festival scaled back to one day as the event prepared for its expansion.
“Red Bull Panamérika has been such a great partner at the festival; our musical tastes are perfectly aligned. We’ve both been looking to reach a broader audience, so going on the road together with some of our favorite bands made perfect sense for all of us,” Garza said.
Audiences across Texas can expect high-energy dance rhythms from Colombia’s Bomba Estéreo who masterfully blend hip-hop, dub and even Colombian folk rhythms to produce an explosive sound.
Oakland-based bilingual MCs Los Rakas is made up of Panamanian cousins who rhyme mostly in Spanish and Spanglish over heavy, dancehall- and reggae-infused beats.