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Calle 13 to headline Pachanga music fest

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Nancy Flores
nflores@statesman.com

Latin music powerhouse Calle 13 will headline an expanded two-day Pachanga Latino Music Festival that's bringing bands from Chile, Brazil and Los Angeles to Fiesta Gardens on May 11 and 12.

Calle 13, the Puerto Rican alternative hip-hop duo who won a record nine Latin Grammys last year, will take the stage May 11.

"We're so excited to able to give Austinites a chance to experience Calle 13, and give Calle 13 a chance to experience Austin as well," said festival founder Rich Garza.

Calle 13's edgy and political music, he said, has a sentiment that embodies what's going on right now.

A partial lineup for May 12 will bring high-energy and danceable rhythms as well as another hip-hop hero, Ana Tijoux. The French-Chilean MC's smooth sound has been embraced beyond the hip-hop world.

And Chile's Chico Trujillo brings cumbia music that should be the soundtrack to every good pachanga.

Other notable acts include San Angelo's Los Lonely Boys and Los Angeles' La Santa Cecilia, who play an interesting blend of folk, rock and world music (with a little klezmer thrown in).

Though the festival bumped up their international acts this year, some Austin favorites are taking the stage including the legendary Tejano group Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution, Alejandro Escovedo, Maneja Beto, David Garza, Brownout and Anthropos Arts Collective.

Niños Rock Pachanga, the hands-on children's event at the fest, also returns. As Pachanga turns five this year, Garza said the biggest lesson organizers have learned has been to program music that's reflective of the community that ranges from Tejano to rock.

"We really look forward to bringing the Austin Latino community together with the community at large," Garza said.

Tickets are on sale at pachangafest.com and jivetickets.com. Early bird two-day and single-day tickets are available at pachangafest.com. Two-day ticket packages are $55 and include entrance to Calle 13 on Friday night and all day Saturday. Discounted single-day tickets and weekend passes will be available while supplies last or through April 15.

See the rest of the initial lineup at austin360.com/musicsource.

New shows: Jane's Addiction will play Bass Concert Hall on May 12 in support of their recent album, "The Great Escape Artist." The lineup includes Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins and bassist Chris Chaney.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at Texas PerformingArts.org and C3concerts.com and by phone at 512-477-6060 or 800-982-BEVO.

Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel, who started touring again over the past year or so, will play ACL Live on April 29. Flogging Molly plays the venue May 18. Tickets for both shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday on acl-live.com.

— Peter Mongillo

Arcade Fire at UT. Win Butler, Regine Chassagne, Will Butler and Marika Anthony-Shaw of the Arcade Fire will give "A Lecture on Hope, Haiti, & Service" from 7 to 9 p.m. March 19 at the LBJ Auditorium on the University of Texas campus.

This isn't exactly a surprise — during their shows, the band usually takes a moment to draw attention to the ongoing crisis in Haiti. The lecture will discuss the band's involvement with the nonprofit Partners in Health.

A limited number of passes are available to UT students. Go to www.utexas.edu/universityunions/node/746 for more information.

The timing of the lecture also means there is at least a possibility the band might be around during South by Southwest, leading to yet more performance rumors connected to the festival.

— Peter Mongillo