Pachanga Fest @ Fiesta Gardens 5/11-12

Want to play the main stage at one of the fastest growing upcoming festivals? Knuckle Rumbler, Pachanga Festival and Do512 have put together a little contest for musicians looking for a chance to get their music heard at this year’s Pachanga Fest. Titled Play Pachangathis contest will not only test your musicianship, but also your ability to promote your music, garner followers and interact with your community.

Band entries are added to a compiled list on Do512 along with a music sample and a voting button. Get as many votes as you can, and the group/musician with the most support will get the chance to perform at Pachanga Festival in front of a humungous crowd of music loving fans. Even if you’re not participating in the contest, show your support for hardworking musicians by voting for your favorite entry! Round 1 has already started and is going on until April 30 so get going.

Not familiar with the festival? Read on!

Seriously, watch out for Pachanga Fest, everyone. It’s growing, becoming bigger and better, and in the future this awesome fest, culturally concentrated around Latin-themed music, food and art, may just become the next Coachella or ACL. Situated in the lovely Fiesta Gardens, Pachanga will take place May 11th-12th and showcase Latino artists of all different musical genres, including good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll, tejano, salsa, funk, hip-hop, indie, cumbia and more. The diverse array of music offered by Pachanga celebrates the impact of Latin culture in American society.

The 5th annual Pachanga Fest will feature international, national and local favorites – headliners are Puerto Rico’s Calle 13, Chile’s Chico Trujillo and Ana Tijoux, and Texas artists like Los Lonely Boys, Alejandro Escovedo, Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution, plus many others.

Grammy winner Calle 13 has gained notoriety with songs like, “Se Vale Tó-Tó” and “¡Atrévete-te-te!,” experimenting with various genres and incorporating a Reggaeton style into their albums. They’re known for their controversial, satirical and political lyrics regarding Latin issues, and have garnered themselves attention through their strong support of the Puerto Rican independence movement. Calle 13 holds the record for the group who has won the most Latin Grammy awards, with a whopping nineteen wins under their belt. Calle 13 knows what they’re doing, and they’ll certainly put on an explosive headlining performance at Pachanga.

San Angelo’s Los Lonely Boys are wildly popular all over, but especially here in Texas. Is there any Texas resident who is not at least relatively familiar with their chart-topping hit “Heaven?” I don’t think so. This self-titled “Texican rock” trio has mastered the art of beautiful harmonization, and accompanies it with empowered southern rock with twangs of blues, soul and Tejano. This is another Grammy-winning Pachanga headliner that cannot be missed!

If you’re looking for some female rockers, look no further. Girl in a Coma has got you covered. This female trio was signed by Joan Jett, and Austin’s own badass director  Robert Rodriguez asked them to compose key tunes for his latest movie Machete. Girl in a Coma has an energizing, loud punk style that backs down for no one.

Los Lonely Boys

And now for the ticket info. Early bird 2-day and single day tickets were available through April 19th. “Pachanga Ganga” two-day ticket packages are available for $45 ($60 day of show) and will include entrance to Friday night’s performance (Calle 13) and Saturday’s fiesta. “Pachanga Ganga” single Friday night Calle 13 tickets are $33 and single day Saturday tickets are $15 while supplies last, or through April 15. Visit Pachanga’s website to see what’s still available. VIP tickets are available Saturday only and cost $45 for the early bird special. Don’t forget to try your luck and enter on Do512 for a chance to win one of 2 pairs of free tickets!

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