OZOMATLI (Los Angeles, CA)

The GRAMMY-award winning band from Los Angeles and U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassadors, Ozomatli bring a mix of hip-hop, salsa, cumbia, and funk. Like the city they call home, Ozo’s urban-Latino sound can be described as multicultural and dynamic. They have headlined the Hollywood Bowl twice, appeared in several television shows and movies, and have traveled the world spreading cultural diplomacy, all the while staying true to their social activist roots. The band recently celebrated 15 years of spreading its message at a Quinceañera party in downtown L.A.

THE ECHOCENTRICS (Austin/NYC/Rio de Janeiro)

Take some 70’s funk, a splash of psychedelic, mix in some avant-garde, add a South American twist and you’ve got yourself the Echocentrics. The trilingual band (English/Spanish/Portuguese) that brings together the vocals of the amazing Tita Lima from Brazil and the incomparable Natalia Clavier from Argentina is a project that has been six years in the making for Pachanga alum Adrian Quesada, an Austin-based artist and producer who won a GRAMMY for his work with Grupo Fantasma and also performs with Brownout! and Ocote Soul Sounds. The band made their debut performance at the Beauty Bar during SXSW 2011.


Chingo Bling, also known as the Versace Mariachi, is loud in every sense of the word. He raps in Spanglish, wears ostentatious outfits that would make PETA scorn, and you’ll rarely see him without his signature chains, cowboy boots and hat, and sunglasses. Born Pedro Herrera III to Mexican American parents who immigrated to Houston, he grew up exposed to the Spanish music of his parents and the rap music his two older sisters listened to. Hip-hop moguls like Russell Simmons and Sean Combs inspired him to get a business degree and to become the successful entertainment entrepreneur that he is today.

CHICO MANN (Jersey City, NJ)

Chico Mann, a.k.a. Marquitos Garcia, will take you back in time to the 70’s and 80’s with his one man show. Born in New York City to Cuban parents, his heritage can be heard in his music, which combines Afrobeat, tropical rhythms, and 80’s New York and Miami Latin freestyle, and backs it all up with an electronic beat. The son of a pianist and disc jockey mother and a father who was a record label head and producer of merengue records, Chico was born to be in the business despite his father’s pleas. When he’s not solo, Chico jams with the Brooklyn-based Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra.


Get ready to get your “eskank” on to some ska en español by Houston, Texas’ Los Skarnales. This high-energy band will have you bouncing around like a frijol saltarín, or Mexican jumping bean. With a name that loosly translates to “brothers of ska”, the nine-member band mixes ska, reggae, rockabilly, swing, mambo, and cumbia with a punk rock attitude. Since 1994, Los Skarnales has traveled throughout the United States and Mexico and has shared the stage with artists such as Flaco Jimenez and Los Fabulosos Cadilacs and the Specials (UK) and the Toasters.


Maneja Beto is a band without borders, with music that spans decades, cultures and languages, and a sound that can be described as both progressive and traditional. They are like a bizarre love triangle between indie, rock en español, and 80’s synth-pop. The five-piece band released their latest album last year to some great reviews. National Public Radio’s Alt.Latino said this about their album: “This Texan band is really taking things in a different direction on Escante Calling, which sounds like an autumn love affair. The entire record feels like the soundtrack to a movie, with every track telling a different part of the story.”


La Guerrilla is an ensemble of bilingual musicians that combines the best flavors from around the world for a sound that is totally unique and fun. They’re a little bit pop, a little bit Latin, a little bit gypsy, and a whole lot of good energy. Expect to witness some great showmanship with props such as accordions, megaphones, and motorcycle helmets. The rhythm of La Guerrilla is gonna get you and will have you dancing until your chanclas fall apart!


Gina Chavez can be described as the Latina Ani DiFranco. She has a mesmerizing voice and a sound that National Public Radio’s Alt. Latino describes as “a perfect mix of Latin, folk and bluegrass”. She has toured with Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, shared the stage with Grupo Fantasma and Del Castillo, and was recently featured on the official 2011 Austin Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Austin Music Vol. 10 compilation. After volunteering in El Salvador for eight months, she started a college scholarship fund called Austin 4 El Salvador for girls who live in the school where she taught.


Master Blaster Sound System has been producing fresh sounds and beats for a new generation of cross-pollinated youth since the late summer of 2010. Electronic toys, live beats and a full band push the live show envelope and serve as a bridge between DJ culture, live music performances and the cumbia underground. For their EP, the group decided to forego traditional song writing techniques and harmonic ideas in favor of what they affectionately refer to as “BANGAHS” to produce a delirious blend of edgy material often traversing the outer limits of music making, yet always showcasing the very best of these artists’ Texas/Mexico foundations.

ESTE VATO (Austin, TX)

Este Vato is an eight-piece Latin-Fusion group formed in 2008 in Austin by brothers Rocky and Oscar Reyna. These “dudes”, often compared to Ozomatli, know how to rock hard and incorporate elements of traditional Latin music and reggae into their high-energy songs. Their lyrics, sung in English and Spanish, are inspirational and political. Local blogger and live music enthusiast Manny Morales says “…their heavy bass and drum beats will carry you across the dance floor…”. Trust us, your body will take on a life of its own when Este Vato starts playing.


The Peligrosa All-Stars can indeed be dangerous if you are allergic to dancing. This crew of DJs, producers, photographers and videographers started up as a Latin dance party over three years ago. DJs Orion, Pagame, Hobo D, Manolo Black, and Dj Dus mix up cumbia, salsa, merengue, reggaeton, boogaloo, bachata, tejano, and so much more to make your booty shake. Other members include VJ 4th Wall, Comandante Quito and the newest member, electro hip-hop DJ King Louie.

CHICANO/SON (Los Angeles, CA)

¡Viva la raza! Chicano/Son is a band from L.A. that combines the experiences, sounds and cultural resistance of the Chicano movement with the traditional instruments of son jarocho, a mix of Spanish, Indigenous, African music, and dance folk music from Veracruz, Mexico. Members of Chicano/Son come from a diversity of musical backgrounds, including bands such as East Side punk band “Subsistencia”, Chicano madness groove band “Blues Experiment”, post–punk band “Aparato”, traditional son jarocho groups “Son de Madera” and “Mitote”, and Austin-based indie en Español ensemble “Maneja Beto.”

RIAN C (Austin, TX)

They’re a little bit country, a little bit good ol’ fashioned rock n’ roll. The Rian C band is fronted by 15-year-old high school student Rian Castillo on guitar, piano, and vocals His twin brother Riley Castillo on drums and Brandon Vizcarra, a 13-year-old seventh grader, on bass guitar complete the U-21 (Under 21) trio. The band has been influenced by the sounds of the Beatles, Garth Brooks, Jerry Lee Lewis, George Jones, Nirvana, and Luis Miguel. They are currently working on an album and just released a single, a cover of the Flying Burrito Brothers’ “Hot Burrito No. 1.”


You’ll know San Antonio-based DJ Ernest Gonzales, a.k.a. Mexicans with Guns, by the luchador Mexican wrestler mask. MwG’s sound is a unique mix of anything and everything, from cumbia and techno to video game beats and rap. His sets are loaded with high-energy music that combines the sounds of his Hispanic heritage with the modern day influences of electronic, bass, and hip-hop from Mexico, London, the Dirty South, and beyond. This Exponential Records producer has done remixes for the likes of Bassnectar, Rainbow Arabia, CYNE, Faunts, Yppah, and shared the stage with the likes of Peanut Butter Wolf, Daedelus, Ghosts on Tape, Nocando, Eliot Lipp, and more.

SON DE REY (Austin, TX)

Son de Rey is a five-piece band that combines rock, cumbia, and salsa with Tejano roots for a modern Latin sound. Their high energy live performances are filled with memorable melodies, danceable grooves, and powerful percussion breakdowns. Their recent arrangement of cherished pop song “Careless Whisper” by George Michael shows off the bands’ diversity. The members of Son de Rey have collectively shared the stage with some of the best in Tejano/Latin Music, including Ruben Ramos, Michael Salgado, Carlos Santana, Ray Obiedo, Malo, The Hometown Boys, Bombasta, Lush, as well as a host of other premiere acts.


Mariachi is no longer a man’s world. Mariachi Las Alteñas is made up of 10 remarkably talented female musicians brought together by their passion to perform and promote the majesty of mariachi music. Known for their exceptional stage presence, musical performances and strong harmonious vocals, they have been captivating audiences of all generations and heritages throughout the United States since 2002. They have performed at the famous Mariachi USA Festival at the world renowned Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, CA for three consecutive years, at the 16th Annual Mariachi Spectacular in Albuquerque, NM, and at the Viva El Mariachi Festival in San Diego, CA.


Dubbed “Los Little Rascals de Conjunto”, Conjunto Romo is made up of a father and his three sons from Kyle, Texas who love to perform conjunto music “para toda la raza”, complete with the traditional ever-lasting gritos. This group cites artists such as conjunto Hall of Famers Los dos Gilbertos, Jimmy Garcia from Los Garcia Bros, the Hometown Boys, and JJ y Los Centellas as huge inspirations. The three sons each earned a “Young guns of Conjunto” award this past year in the following categories: Drummer of the year, Bajo of the year, and Accordionist of the year.


Dahebegebees is a Latin rock, funk, blues, and soul band spawned from Tejano music royalty. Lead vocalist and guitarist Ady Hernandez, son of the legendary Little Joe Y La Familia, along with Cecilio Ruiz (drums and vocals) and Jonas Saks (bass), started the fun-loving band. Their unique sound is made up of danceable grooves, catchy melodies, and the occasional radio pop song reference. The group is musically sophisticated with marathon live performances, drawing from such artists as Santana, Maceo Parker, Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews, and D’angelo.

TOY SELECTAH (Monterrey, MX)

You could play the six degrees of separation game with DJ Toy Hernández, best known for his mix-master wizardry as part of Control Machete, Monterrey, Mexico’s hip hop en Español pioneers. As a music producer and remixer, Toy has worked with a wide range of artists, such as Calle 13, M.I.A., Thievery Corporation, Cypress Hill, Manu Chao, Kinky, Grupo Fantasma, Plastilina Mosh, Café Tacvba, Celso Piña, Juanes, and Julieta Venegas. He’s got a sound that can be described as urban-Mexican electonica. He’s the Creative Director, A&R guy, and CEO of Sones del Mexside and a member of DJ crews Sonidero Nacional and Sistema Local (SLSS).

OZOKIDZ (Los Angeles, CA)

Headliner Ozomatli’s fans keep getting younger and younger thanks to their new little side project—OzoKidz. The bilingual GRAMMY-award winning band has added ‘kid-friendly’ to their list of musical accomplishments, putting on performances that have both children and adults dancing. The band is currently in the studio with acclaimed producer Tony Berg, recording a children’s album for release in 2011, followed by a book, DVD and tour.


Born to a mother who used to be a mariachi singer, Mexican troubadour Willie Alvarado grew up singing in the fields as one of eight children of migrant farm workers. After taking years off from singing, he picked up the guitar and began singing again eight years ago to help him cope with his divorce. Thank goodness, because from his pain emerged a strong and beautiful voice to give new pasión and soul to old Mexican classics. He released his self-titled debut album last fall.

NINA DIAZ (San Antonio, TX)

Nina Diaz is best known as the lead singer for the San Antonio Latina trio Girl in a Coma. The young punk rock princess has a unique voice that is both powerful and soulful. She sings with pure emotion and jumps around the stage with an endless supply of energy. Diez, along with sister Phanie and Jenn Alva, have managed to find the perfect blend of Tejano, oldies, and rockabilly with new wave, indie, and punk. GIAC is signed to Joan Jett’s record label and the band has performed with Cherie Currie of The Runaways and opened for Morrissey, Cindi Lauper, Tegan and Sara, and Social Distortion.




Bobby Pulido released his first CD on September 15, 1995, commemorating Mexico’s independence. By 1996, his songs were huge hits around Monterrey and the southern United States. Some of his early hits included the songs Te Voy a Amar as well as Desvelado. That year, he performed in front of over 60,000 fans at the Guadalupe Expo and in November of that year he received the prestigious Cerro de la Villa award, as well as the Revelation of the Year award in Mexico. Subsequently, Pulido released three more albums, becoming an international superstar, conquering Hispanic fans in the United States, as well as fans in Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and many other Latin American countries.


Known as the funkiest, finest, and hardest working Latin orchestra to come out of the United States in the last decade, the band has garnered critical acclaim worldwide for their adventurous albums, prudent songwriting and unprecedented live shows. The Washington Post affirmed that “the ten members represent a new generation of latin music.”  Their last effort, the Grammy nominated Sonidos Gold (2008), further trademarked the ensemble’s innovative sound and scored a cover feature in Pollstar Magazine, radio spots on NPR, top ten status for several months on the CMJ radio charts and extensive press coverage throughout North America and Europe.


Larry Harlow is a true living legend of Afro-Cuban music and of the legendary Fania Allstars. Born in Brooklyn, New York, his early influences were his father Buddy, who was a professional bass player and his mother Rose, who sang opera. A graduate of the prestigious New York High School of Music and Art, he excelled on oboe, flute, violin, bass and the instrument that he is most noted for, the piano. Although jazz and the piano were his first love, his growing exposure as a teenager to the music and culture of the New York Latino community fascinated him.

BOMBA ESTEREO (Bogata, Colombia)

Bomba Estéreo makes psychedelic cumbia. Formed bySimón Mejía with singer Liliana Saumet in 2005, the musical project represents a new sound coming from Colombia. Their music merges folk sounds from the Colombian Caribbean coast like cumbia, bullerengue and champeta mixed with electronica, reggae and hip-hop producing an explosive dance sound.

HACIENDA (San Antonio, TX)

There is something to get excited about in south-central Texas. In fact, the buzz surrounding San Antonio’s Hacienda may signal a rebirth of young rock n’ roll. Formed by cousins Abraham Villanueva (piano/vocals) and Dante Schwebel (guitar/vocals), together with Abraham’s brothers Jaime (drums/vocals) and Rene Villanueva (bass/vocals), this Mexican-American quartet blends a raw yet sophisticated style of pop music with harmonies reminiscent of the Beatles and Beach Boys. As fate would have it, the demo landed in the hands of Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, and the band’s life was forever changed. Soon after they were opening for The Black Keys as well as for Dr. Dog gaining exposure. Under Auerbach’s watch, Hacienda recorded and wrote more than twenty songs in preparation for their debut album, ultimately recording in Dan’s own studio in Akron, Ohio.


Following the tremendous response to their debut album, Pacha Massive took their sound from New York City across the country and the world. The universality of Pacha’s overall message and vibe is a common theme that runs through out their albums. “It was especially humbling for me to see our music have such a positive impact on people’s lives when we were touring across the globe,” Nova explains. “It inspired me to want to write even more… seeing how the fans responded to the songs and simply realizing how irrelevant language seemed to be in the context of music.


Davíd Garza is an Austin-based American singer-songwriter who infuses rock and pop with a Latin feel and whose vocal style draws comparisons to Freddie Mercury, Jeff Buckley, Donovan and Robert Plant.


The eight piece collective, has quickly evolved from a barrio art house big band into an underground musical movement. With a strong mix of Spanglish politics and roots passion, this San Antonio, TX based ensemble utilizes a full horn-section, accordion, turntables, guitar and lots of percussion, to create a soundtrack for the new Americano experience. The cross pollination of cultural identities along the Texas/Mexico border has given way to Bombasta’s unique and signature sound- a mix of cumbia, reggae, hip hop and salsa, that transcends any specific genre.


Piñata Protest is an accordion powered punk rock-y-roll band. The band played their first show in 2006 on a sidewalk in front of the now long gone Snaps Skate Shop in the west side of San Antonio. The show was originally planned to be held inside the shop’s half pipe room but was shut down by the police not long after the start of the show. Victor, Álvaro, and Manuel courageously defied the police and played unplugged for the remaining crowd that circled around them that night. Their mamadas have never stopped since.


Indie-Mambo is the perfect way to describe the twelve-plus members band Y La Orkesta. Originally from Tucson, Arizona Y La Orkesta has resurrected Perez Prado’s sound, Sergio’s greatest influence and creator of Mambo. Unlike revival Mambo from the 90’s, Y La Orkesta maintains their influence from 40’s and 50’s Jazz by utilizing tight percussion and high register trumpets. Sergio Mendoza masters the complexities of Mambo to infuse it with the jangly funkiness of modern rock. The result is thick, luscious arrangements that are killer on the dance floor. Each of the twelve musicians bestows profuse professionalism and craft to Y La Orkesta merging their individual backgrounds and influences seamlessly.


Chilean-born and California-bred, Pilar Díaz is a talented singer-songwriter whose life highlights her many interests. As a child moving frequently between Santiago and LA, Pilar was taught guitar by her parents, both acclaimed folkloric musicians. Her voice was soon heard on various cartoons in her native and newfound countries. Accurately reflecting her adopted hometown of Los Angeles, she spent her teenage years going to punk shows in Hollywood, and her bedroom walls had as many photos of Victor Jara and Violeta Parra as they did REM and Bjork. She worked with Danny Elfman on numerous soundtracks, and her vocals appear in films like Spiderman and Sleepy Hollow. With her rock band Los Abandoned, a bilingual new wave outfit whose debut album was lauded everywhere from the LA Times to Perez Hilton, she performed on Conan O’Brien and KCRW, gigged with Sonic Youth and Neil Young, and played before a crowd of 40,000 in Mexico City.


Blessed with one of the most enchanting voices you will hear in modern music today, WIillie Alvarado’s mesmerizing versions of Mexican classics are sure to introduce a whole new generation of listeners to some of the most important songs of our time and in the process…possibly create one of Latin America’s rising new superstars.


For the Vallejo brothers, Latin infused rock and roll is a family affair. The siblings, who make up three-fifths of their eponymous group Vallejo, hail from El Campo, Texas where their love for rock and roll was preceded by a rich Mexican and Guatemalan upbringing and a history of high school trumpet playing. The band has toured extensively around the U.S. and Mexico, sharing the stage with acts like Fuel, Stone Temple Pilots, 3 Doors Down, Foo Fighters, Matchbox 20, and Los Lobos.


One of the most unique bands to emerge out of Texas is Tortilla Factory. The Chicano music scene is a true American Art Form born and developed in Texas that has produced many distinctive artists. Tortilla Factory is one of those Texas groups that are known for their legendary status since their inception on June 1973. Tortilla Factory has maintained a musical status like no other band in their field because of their unique sound and have distinguished themselves for having the best musicians in the genre. Tortilla’s music is a blend of American music and old Mexican Rancheras that were taken and given the unique Texas Chicano sound. That’s what makes Tortilla Factory so distinctive.


(Austin, TX) Brownout may well be Grupo Fantasma’s psychedelic Latin funk little brother, an offshoot of the collective that regularly backs Prince, its latest incarnation, or even its alter ego. What they are not is the sprawling conjunto’s side project. Brownout has taken Grupo Fantasma’s funk roots and blown them up. In the process they’ve taken on a life and developed a unique sound all their own. Aguilas and Cobras stands as testament of their one of a kind evolution.


Considered Texas’ finest all female mariachi, Las Alteñas have been captivating audiences throughout the United States since 2002. These 10 remarkably talented women are brought together by their passion to perform and promote the majesty of mariachi music. Known for their exceptional stage presence, musical performances and strong harmonious vocals, Mariachi Las Alteñas appeals to audiences of all generations and heritages. In a predominantly male industry, this all female mariachi has made its’ mark.


Girl in a Coma was formed when best friends Jenn Alva and Phanie Diaz met in Junior High over a mutual love of the Smiths, Nirvana, and skipping school. All they needed was a singer. Enter Nina Diaz, Phanie’s little sister. Nina blew them away with her mesmerizing vocals, a powerful voice some critics have compared to Bjork, Patsy Cline, and the band’s hero, Morrissey himself. The trio practiced for three years, gigged at local punk rock clubs, played a High School talent show, and then hit the road, building up a loyal fan base across the country. In 2006, the Girls played for Joan Jett and long-time songwriting partner and producer, Kenny Laguna, at New York’s Knitting Factory. Jett and Laguna were so impressed with the band that they signed them to their label, Blackheart Records, on the spot. Now, they have two records under their belt with their latest creation being “Exits And All The Rest.”


Fronted by Haydn Vitera this hot new group was born in the land of “crossover.” The band’s unique fusion of styles simultaneously brings that sexy Latin edge to American Rock and a definite American edge to Latin Alternative. Big guitars, passionate lyrics, powerful vocals and screaming rock violin make Vitera’s sound instantly addictive and sure to win fans on both sides of the fence.


From Victoria, Texas comes the slinky bluesy funk of “24-7”. Formed by brothers Nikko & Mateo Vallejo, 24-7 is on a mission to make some noise on the Texas music scene and show the music world that “the rhythm is in the blood”.


Carla is a one-woman band armed with only a keyboard, guitar, mic and an imagination that allows her to weave a magical spell over her audiences. Utilizing a precise sense of timing, Morrison uses loops to craft songs from the sparse beginnings of “Valentina” that swell to an orchestra of her voice, and delicate instrumentation. Her latest record “Mientras Tú Dormias” was well received and earned her a Latin Grammy nomination.


Perhaps you know them from their work at Austin’s DJ Dojo record store, or through music projects such as Afrofreque and Starlynx, but for this moment, lend them an ear and a click for their remix work as Los Bandidos, as well as their remix EP,  VIVA LA REMIX VOL. 1. The release, the duo’s first run on wax, features four thumpin’ tracks: a dubby downtempo remix of the Beatles, Come Together, a funky breaks remix of Groove is in the Heart, a bass heavy Janet Jackson remix, and a mashup of Hall & Oates and Lyrics Born.


Columbian-American Rock and Roll trio Amplified Heat is made up of the Ortiz’s brothers and their business is playing raw, dirty and loud.  With four albums under their belt, Jim (guitar), Chris (drums), and Gian (bass) are making sure the sound of what is now know as “classic” rock is no longer in the past, but in the present and louder than ever. Their latest creation is called “On the Hunt” spreading psychodelia around the world.


DJ DUS has been working the turntables to develop a unique and inspired mix of cumbia, hip-hop and reggae tracks, a new and fresh sound- best described as NU cumbia. Dusty Oliveira, known to fans as DJ Dus, has been at the forefront of the NU cumbia scene, working out of his studio in Corpus Christi, Texas, both behind the decks and in the studio mixing for some of the most successful recording artists. When he is not busy recording in the studio, Oliveira is utilizing works in his mash-up band, Master Blaster to bring NU cumbia and live performances together.


Tucson-born Brian Lopez is one of Arizona’s more respected musicians. His talent and range goes from rock to mambo. Lopez is a graduate of The University of Arizona where he studied classic guitar with a minor in Spanish and business. Multi-instrument player tours with his band Mostly Bears. When not playing with the trio, he tours with Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta. Lopez releases an EP name “Rojo,” which is now available for sale.




Tejano singer/accordionist Michael Salgado gained prominence in the mid-’90s by looking back to the norteño sound influenced by Ramon Ayala, and introduced the style to the younger generation. He organized his backing band — brothers Ernie and James on guitar and drums, respectively, with bass player Joe Tanguma — when he was just 19, and begin hitting the Latin music charts in 1995 with his single “Cruz de Madera.” Salgado’s 1996 album En Concierto introduced his most popular single extant, the Top 20 hit “Sin Ella.” Mi Primer Amor followed in 1997.


A Mexican alternative rock group from Monterrey, México. Jonás is the lead singer and guitar player. Alejandro Rosso is more involved with the creative process, providing most of the instrumentation and occasional background vocals. As of 2008 they have released four studio records. The band has achieved, since the release of their 1997 single-debut ‘Niño Bomba’, both critical and commercial success. The group often mixes several music styles like rap, dance and rock while often switching between English, Spanish and several other languages in the same song.


With a pair of emcees, of whom is M.I.S. founder Camilo Lara, two deejays, bass and drums, MIS obliterated the rhythmic sameness that sinks a lot of U.S. hip-hop acts. Their songs fuse thunderous beats enlivened by real-time Latin percussive accents, lyrics en español, polka, norteño, mariachi, punk, disco and rock flavors.


Named one of Austin, Texas’ ‘Best Live Acts’ by the Austin Chronicle, Brownout perform the nastiest Latin funk music out today. This band of ”party rocking legends” was resurrected from the same tequila soaked border town explosion that originated the highly acclaimed latin powerhouse Grupo Fantasma and Ocote Soul Sounds. Brownout! is an 8 piece ensemble complete with 2 guitars, bass, no nonsense latin percussion, and the ‘Best Horn Section’ 3 years in a row at the Austin Music Awards. Throwback but not copycat retro, their music is timeless and honest, keeping the spirit of 70s afro-latin and funk music alive while honoring their South Texas roots.


Considered Texas’ finest all female mariachi, Las Alteñas has been captivating audiences throughout the United States since 2002. These 10 remarkably talented women are brought together by their passion to perform and promote the majesty of mariachi music. Known for their exceptional stage presence, musical performances and strong harmonious vocals, Mariachi Las Alteñas appeals to audiences of all generations and heritages.


Ani Cordero created and fronted a new bilingual indie-rock band in Tucson, Arizona in early 1999. She borrowed members of Tucson’s Calexico and Giant Sand and called the group by her Puerto Rican family name, Cordero.


Gaby Moreno is soulful new songwriter, from Guatemala City, Guatemala who also recently made history as the first Latin category winner to take home the “Maxell Song Of The Year” with her song “Escondidos”. Her effect on listeners can be best summed up by a reviewer from “Independent Artists Company” during her live performance – “Once in a while you come across a new artist who has not only amazing charisma, vocal abilities and raw talent, they have something more. Gaby Moreno has a big, melodic sound that appeals to the masses, and her Guatemalan roots will always endear her to her South American fans.”


Known for his unique accordion sound and style, his larger than life custom accordions and countless studio recordings with artist such as Joe Posada, Jay Perez, Leslie Lugo, and the list continues. AJ has also performed with many acts such as Ram Herrera, La Diferenzia, and Rudy Palacios. His talent has been recognized by many artists as well as producers including Grammy Award Winning Producer Gilbert Velasquez who has labeled AJ’s sound as fresh, diverse, and considered to be the “next page” for Tejano music.


Davíd Garza is Austin-based, American singer-songwriter who infuses rock and pop with a Latin feel and whose vocal style draws comparisons to Freddie Mercury, Jeff Buckley, Donovan and Robert Plant. In subsequent years, Garza has returned to releasing his music independently and plays frequently in Texas and in Los Angeles. A series of regular shows at L.A.’s Club Largo showcased his skill as a solo performer on both piano and guitar. During Garza’s live shows, people as highly regarded as producer/soundtrack icon Jon Brion, Nickel Creek, Grant Lee Phillips and Fiona Apple regularly sat in with him. He has also done extensive work as a producer and session musician.


Playing primarily in Texas, Dignan has built up a strong local following in the lone star state early on in their career. In 2007, the band recorded their first EP, The Guest releasing it on the indie label Bearded Beauty. They also began touring nationally, and by early 2008, had 3 cross-country runs under their belt.


Ocote Soul Sounds is Martin Perna (Antibalas) and Adrian Quesada (Grupo Fantasma). They began making music back in 2004 and released their first album, “El Niño y El Sol,” in 2005. With three additional albums under their belt, they’ve kept producing their sun-soaked Latin-psychedelia sound for everyone to hear. . Their latest record, titled “Taurus,” was released last May.


Los Bad Apples is a five-piece band lead by Anita Benner along with rapper, Zeale. LBA is notoriously known for mastering the mix of smooth R&B and Hip-Hop with a Jazz and Latin influences and powerful dance beats. Los Bad Apples are infectiously grooving with their sound that has been immortalized in on their self-titled album as of 2009. Made up Anita in the vocals, Zeale rapping, Aldo Ramon on bass, Greg Jones on guitar, and Joseph Serrato on the sax and keys, Los Bad Apples keep populating the sound waves with their Latin groove.




Grupo Fantasma are an 11-piece, Latin funk orchestra from Austin, Texas. Throughout their 7 year career, Groupo’s rich sound and earth-shattering live shows have earned them spots at Austin City Limits and headlining several showcases at SXSW. They performed with Prince in London this past August, and they’ve been featured on PBS’s Austin City Limits. And, Austin Chronicle and Village Voice music critic Jim Caligiuri proudly proclaims, “They’re the best band in Austin.


Voted “Best Rock Band” two years in a row by the Austin Music Awards, has a modern rock sound with soulful lyrics and Latin percussion grooves. Since their inception in 1995, the group’s music has been featured on TV shows such as WB’s Roswell, MTV’s Road Rules and UPN’s America’s Next Top Model. Vallejo was even granted their own “Vallejo Day” by the mayor of Austin.


Maneja Beto play what they refer to as “indie en espanol.” The members of the group came together in Austin from all over Texas to bring music that’s as hip as it is cultured with a blend of Tejano, Son, indie rock, Britpop and Cumbia. They’ve been steadily winning over fans and critics alike with music that’s both traditional and contemporary. Drawing from so many different sources, the group is eclectic and forward-looking.


Pistolera is a New York City-based Latin pop-folklorico quartet with a unique blend of traditional Mexican music and pop rock melodies. Armed with only bass, drums, accordion and guitar backing Spanish lyric songs, Pistolera’s music has made a major dent in Latin and mainstream music communities. Since the release of Siempre Hay Salida in ‘06, they have been in Billboard, The New Yorker and Latina Magazine. They’ve performed on several radio stations from NPR to Radio Ibero in Mexico City. Siempre rose to the rank of #5 on the CMJ Latin Alt Chart and #13 on the World Chart.


Charanga Cakewalk is the music of Michael Ramos, and it’s a feel-good mix of tejano, flamenco folklorica, merengue, salsa, garage rock, ska and reggaeton. Ramos, a multi-instrumentalist capable of playing anything from accordion to Hammond B-3, has spent time on stage and in the studio wielding an instrument or two for John Mellencamp, Paul Simon and Patty Griffin, among others. Prior to his days on his own, Ramos was an occasional player with BoDeans and The Rembrandts.


Bombasta bring the urban Latino sound from the streets of Central Texas. They fuse hip-hop, cumbia, rock steady, rancheras, soul and salsa into a sound full of underground beats promoting activism. The group plays at fundraisers, marches and community events, hoping to increase community involvement and positive activism.


A music collective lead by composer/arranger Dusty Oliveira featuring remixes and mashups of cumbia, reggae and hip hop classics backed by an all-star lineup of musicians and vocalists. Members of El Sancho, DJ Kane, La Conquista, Bombasta and Kanko often play along side his live arrangements. Oliveira is also a notable character in the cumbia underground. He passes important information on scene developments via his popular blog,


La Conquista is made up of five gorgeous ladies playing some of the most infectious and fun bi-lingual pop in the Americas. Their music also integrates a mix of urban cumbia, hip-hop and even reggaeton. La Conquista have a very engaging and energetic live show, and they put forth their all to get the crowd involved and singing along to a pop anthem or two.


Kanko began as an collaborative experiment between songwriter Brian Ramos (Fantasma) and producer Dusty Oliveira (Master Blaster) mixing traditional Latin American sounds with punk and hard rock. As the project started to take off Kanko gained a few members – Ryan Rooney, Nick Trevino and John Spiece – and the hard edged, neo-cumbia tones became bubbled to the surface. Their sound has matured into something that’s at times soulful and others gritty.


DJ Manny is a record store co-owner by day and a DJ by night. He was born in Puerto Rico and has been living in Austin for the past 12 years, 10 of which he’s spent DJing. A few weeklies around town, private parties, and a monthly slot at Red Fez keep him pretty busy playing music that’s sexy, fun and energetic.


Kalua is a Latin rock group with the sounds of funk, punk and world music mixed in for flavor. Kalua’s powerful rhythms and melodies help make their high-energy performances entertaining and fun. You will also hear touches of reggae, mariachi and Afro-Carribean.


El Tule is an infectious and unique blend of cumbia, Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban, rock, salsa and reggae. Their music, which is a conglomeration of several different cultural backgrounds and influences, is upbeat, feel-good and dance heavy. Many of El Tule’s songs build on folk tales and legends such as the chupacabra and La Ruta Maya.


Bocastria an Austin Latin rock and Tejano fusion group, is steadily gaining wide recognition as a top Latin band. Fronted by two harmonious sisters, Tanya Martinez and Maddie Briones, the band has made several television appearances including Austin’s ABC affiliate, the Fox 7 Morning Show in Austin, ME Television and Primetime Tejano. has dubbed Bocastria “Austin’s Firecrackers,” and Mayor Will Wynn and the City of Austin named May 17th “Bocastria Day.”


Frenetica is a multi-racial, bilingual pop rock group from Austin, Texas. They began as a duo with Becky Ozuna and Charles Romalotti playing songs from acoustic ballads to ska-like dancing tunes, but have since become a five-piece. Frenetica also sometimes incorporate varied instrumentation into their music via flute, timpani, lead pipes and others. The video for their song “La Llorona” made it into rotation at ME Television and was later listed by Paul Saucido in an Austin 360 article discussing the notable music and moments of 2007.


Angel Ferrer is an Austin singer/songwriter originally from Puerto Rico. Ferrer’s music is smooth and soulful. It’s full of light and catchy grooves set in a warm bed of soothing harmony. ILLcamino was Ferrer’s last musical project with help from his twin brother and current bass player, Alberto.


Nortec Collective Present: Bostich + Fussible is DJ ensemble from Tijuana bringing the Nortec sound, a unique fusion of traditional Noteño and techno music, and together they make Nortec. Releasing their first album in 2008, Tijuana Sound Machine, which was nominated for a Grammy that same year. Their latest album “Bulevar 2000,” has earned them another Grammy nomination. They have toured the globe extensively, going from Brazil to China to Japan to the U.S.A.


Sergio Carvajal is a Venezuelan performer, composer, show maker, actor, filmmaker, and frustrated poet based in Austin TX. His music could be called Classic but new. Think of late 70’s salsa, calypso, soca, and plena, spiked with new electronic sounds, rock, and even classical music.


Los Gallos are a Texas-based Latin fusion band. With their members coming from all over the Lone Star State, they offer a unique blend of rhythm & blues, Latin groove and rock & roll. With Ricky Lugo on guitar and vocals, Robert Balderama on bass, Ruben Rayitos on percussions, John Moore on drums, and Jojo Mares on keyboards this five-piece band has been trying to spread their sound all across the state. Their first album was recorded in 2006 and includes songs like “Maria Marisol” and “Free the people.”


Boca Abajo is considered one of them most important power pop driven bands to come out of Austin, Texas. They have attracted people with their Latin pop sound influence by iconic bands like The Beatles, Green Day, and Soda Stereo. Seen as pioneers of Latin Alternative Rock in the Austin area, Patrick, Joe, Peter, Lionel and Conrad have toured with acts like Mana, Sin Bandera, Bacilos, Ozomatli, and Control Machete.