"I've got a question," asked Nuyorican singer-songwriter Kim Viera at her ACL Music Festival Friday debut. "How many Latinos are in here?"
The early afternoon crowd at the BMI stage roared.
Viera, who got her start performing viral covers on YouTube is now a rising pop star working with artists like Pitbull. Her music, she has said, unites cultures. And that was pretty evident at her first Austin performance, where fans sang along in both English and Spanish and danced just as much to the pre-Kim DJ tunes of Miley Cyrus' "Party in the USA" as Daddy Yankee's "Gasolina."
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Viera pumped up the crowd in her Poison T-shirt and bright green tights performing some of her most popular songs including "Como," her single with Daddy Yankee and "Ay, ay, ay" which features Pitbull. She's a welcome addition to the lineup considering the lack of Latino acts in previous years. Viera often describes herself as an American Latina and showcases her Puerto Rican pride and musical roots. Her mother was a backup singer for Latin American musical greats Willie Colon and Ruben Bladés and her father operates a live production company.
But on Friday, Viera carved her own path picking up more Austin fans along the way.