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ACL Fest Review: Pacha Massive

Nancy Flores

Editor’s note: This article was originally published October 4, 2013

Pacha Massive’s chilled-out electronica infused with Latin rhythms was exactly what you needed to hear as the ACL afternoon crowd craziness ramped up and the sun beat down unapologetically. As soon as you stepped into Zilker Tent for the New York-based band’s laid-back show of downtempo grooves, everyone got just a little more relaxed.

“I have a special place in my heart for Texas,” said vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Monica Lionheart. She’s a San Antonio native, and now a frequent collaborator to Pacha Massive.

Band founder and producer Nova told the enthusiastic crowd that he needed a minute to take it all in. The Dominican Republic-born DJ has been influenced both by the Caribbean and New York, creating a rich bilingual mix of global grooves. Fest-goers took advantage of every danceable beat to move to the music. Pacha Massive plans to release an album later this year or early 2014 and performed some of those new songs as well as the crowd favorite “Don’t Let Go.”

But just as the audience was grooving, Pacha Massive cut their set short by about 20 minutes. “We gotta go,” Nova said. Luckily, there’s another chance to catch them next Friday at 3 p.m., and word is that Nova will also DJ at an Austin club while they are in town, so keep your ears open.