SXSW 2013: Free Latin Showcase Picks

Kinky - Volted SXSW 2013

Insane traffic, an uncontrollable craze on sixth, celebrity spottings and music coming from what seems like every venue, bar, restaurant and, literally, ever street corner. But it’s nothing new. It’s just another year of South by Southwest madness in Austin, Texas, the beautiful live music capital of the world.

With the overwhelming music showcases the festival presents, here are a couple of free Latin events being held:

The Auditorium Shores showcase on Thursday, March 14, takes the lead with Mexican rock icons Café Tacvba headlining the NPR showcase with Molotov, Bajofondo and Jovanotti.

More information here .

[RELATED: Café Tacvba to headline Auditorium Shores Showcase]

The beats at the Mexican American Cultural Center on Friday night (March 15) will get anyone tapping their foot and on the dance floor. The music starts at 5 p.m. with electronic Colombian musician Isa GT and will feature local Grammy winners Grupo Fantasma at 8:15 p.m. Finishing the night off at 9:45 p.m. is none other than a El Rebelde del Acordeón, Celso Piña. With more than 20 years of music history to his name, there’s no mistaking his unique accordion style. I can already hear the unmistakable intro to “Cumbia Sampuesana.”

Full line up info can be found here.

Spend your Saturday (March 16) at the Clive Bar for the Caradura/Mercadorama México showcase with music ranging from alternative rock to psychedelic rock and electronic rock. The alternative rock band Aurum kicks off the night at 8 p.m. and readies the mood for some head banging with their energetic guitar riffs. Along the same musical spectrum is pop punk band 8 Kilómetros. The band formed in 2002 and is now getting ready to launch their new album “Hazlo Posible,” or “Make it Happen.”

Check the full line-up here.

Headlining the MACC showcase Saturday night is the popular Mexican electronic rock band Kinky. Rising from the Monterrey music scene, the band formed in 2000 and garnered attention for their unconventional attire and instrument. An accordion, a sombrero and electronic mixed with rock was a huge success. The band performs at 10 p.m.

The rest of the line up can be found here.

Not free but worth noting

Now this last band really caught my attention and unfortunately their showcase isn’t free, but they’re sure worth noting. Hailing from Uruguay is El Cuarteto de Nos, a band that has broken traditional rock conventions with their eccentric arrangements since 1984. But what is it exactly about this band that makes them unique? No doubt that it’s their play on words. Sarcastic, original, mocking, fun, silly, ridiculous, and a bit confusing at times. And they’re not afraid of making fun of themselves either. The band headlines the Sounds of Uruguay showcase at 1:10 A.M March 14 at Speakeasy. Wristbands and badges are required for entry. 

The full line up can be found here.

–Elizabeth Blancas

Image: courtesy photo of Kinky