If you’re craving latin music, or just good live music in general, check out Pachanga Festival on Saturday, May 21st. The festival, which literally means “lively party” in Spanish, will be at Fiesta Gardens, on the edge of Lady Bird Lake just east of I-35. Festival vendors will be selling food, drinks, as well as other items.
Normally I wouldn’t pay $25 for a festival when there are so many free ones, but this year Ozomatli is headlining the Pachanga festival lineup. The amazing Grammy-award winning band and U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassadors from LA describes itself as “urban-Latino-and-beyond collision of hip hop and salsa, dancehall and cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, East LA R&B and New Orleans second line, Jamaican ragga and Indian raga.”
Ozomatli creates the perfect mix of Spanish and English songs to attract you even if your fluency in one of the two isn’t great. If you’re not convinced, check out the music video of “La Gallina” from their album “Don’t Mess With the Dragon” on the official festival website (http://pachangafest.com/).
If you’re in the company of kids, Niños Rock Pachanga is an interactive kids festival within Pachanga that allows free entry to kids along with a paid adult. Tickets are $25 or $60 for a VIP pass that consists of complimentary snacks and beverages, an air conditioned lounge, and an indoor restroom. Pachanga proceeds will go to Futuro Fund of Austin, which distributes grants to local causes.