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Pachanga Fest announces lineup, plus tickets on sale this week and a look ahead to Lionel Richie

Staff Writer
Austin 360
Lionel Richie played a headlining set the first weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October; his second weekend show was rained out. He’ll be back in July for a show at the Austin360 Amphitheater.

The seventh edition of Pachanga Fest, the Latin music festival scheduled for May 10 at Fiesta Gardens, will feature a broad range of talent from L.A.-based rockers La Santa Cecilia to colorful Venezuelan alt-rockers La Vida Bohème.

Pachanga founder Rich Garza describes the festival as an annual “state of the union for Latin music.”

“It’s mainstream meets alternative with cumbia as kind of the bridge between the two,” Garza said Thursday when this year’s lineup was released. Artists such as popular up-and-comer Gaby Moreno and Latin rock superstar Julieta Venegas have mainstream appeal, while artists like Mexican rock-fusion band El Gran Silencio and Mexican female rapper Niña Dioz take the festival in an experimental direction. Cumbia, the highly danceable rhythm that Garza describes as “the backbone of Latin American music,” will be represented by Sonido San Francisco and Brooklyn-based powerhouse Chicha Libre.

This year Pachanga is trying to step up the food offerings both in the main festival area and in the VIP section. They’re also building on some of the art installations that proved to be popular for photos last year by adding more for 2014.

The festival, which expanded to two days in 2012, will scale back to a single-day event this year. Garza says the motivation to cut back was “to concentrate on putting together a more focused show as we explore plans to expand outside of Austin.”

Tickets this year are also starting at a lower price point. General admission tickets will be $33, but a limited number of “Pachanga Ganga” $26 tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 21. A separate pass for access to a VIP area will go on sale in March. More information at pachangafest.com.

Tickets on sale

Los Angeles-based prog rock group Tool amassed a cult following in the 1990s with albums like “Undertow” and “Ænima.” The band hasn’t released an album of new material since 2006’s “10,000 Days,” though there’s buzz that a fifth album is in the works and will be released before the end of the year. See the band — and, perhaps, some new material — when the tour makes it to the Cedar Park Center on March 24. Tickets go on sale Friday for $75.

More tickets on sale Friday:

• Waxahatchee at Red 7 (April 5)

• Eisley, Merriment at Emo’s (April 17)

• Dumpstaphunk at Emo’s (April 18)

• Augustana, Twin Forks at Emo’s (April 23)

• Sheryl Crow, Jack Ingram at ACL Live (April 24)

• Cloud Nothings, the Men at the Mohawk (April 26)

• Dillinger Escape Plan, Tera Melos at the Mohawk (May 3)

• Reignwolf, Crass Mammoth at Stubb’s (May 3)

• David Ramirez, Elle King at Central Presbyterian Church (May 9)

• Ledisi, the Robert Glasper Experiment at ACL Live (May 17)

• Jimmy Buffet & the Coral Reefer Band at Austin360 Amphitheater (May 31)

• Chet Faker at the Parish (June 7)

• OneRepublic at Austin360 Amphitheater (Aug. 23)

Farther out: Disappointed you missed Lionel Richie’s rained-out set on the second weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival last year? The “All Night Long” singer will play July 10 at Austin360 Amphitheater with CeeLo Green, and tickets go on sale Feb. 21 for $25-$125.

— Virginia Yapp

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