On May 11-12, concert aﬁcionados of Austin bared the blazing sun with popsicles, sunscreen, and parasols to join in the ﬁfth year of Pachanga Fest. The Fiesta Gardens, tucked away in the residential neighborhoods of Lady Bird Lake, hosted a lineup that celebrated Austinʼs established artists, up-and-comers, and a variety of international acts. The performances were held at four different stages, and the intermittent schedule allowed each act their spot light moment, and an opportunity to lure in the passerby, as attendees made their walk through the sprawling area of the festival grounds.
The highlights included Chilean lyricist and rapper, Ana Tijoux. Her ﬂawless and entrancing ﬂow was backed by a two-piece band. The incredible music translated her belief that it is “all about music and energy, primero (ﬁrst).”
Outernational enlightened the crowd with their rock revival sentiments. Their politically driven performance showcased the theme of their new album with a traditional mexican folk sing along, calling out their message that “to deem anyone illegal is obscene”.
The festival also gave many Austin locals the chance to showcase their talent to their loyal audience, such as songwriter and guitarist David Garza. His soulful lyrics and playful melodies allowed space for his incredible band to shine. His duet with Nina Diaz from Girl in a Coma enticed the whole crowd to dance. David calling out, “everybody is in everybodyʼs band!” This statement reiterated the festivals evident theme that such musical collaborations bring about a shared sense of family. This message of community is brought from the festivalʼs host and charitable organization: Futurofund and complimented by the residency of the amazing food trailers from several local vendors such as Mellizos Tacos and Mom & Popʼs Frozen Pops. With tacos and treats, the music continued, as Alejandro Escovedo held the audiences of the main stage captivated with his well-crafted compositions. He maintains the source of being an Austin talent that is truly multi-versed in songwriting and performance. The main stage carried on the bustling energy for the psychedelic funk ride of the 9 piece group: Brownout.
As the sun sank away, Pachanga continued with Gobiʼs ﬂashing one man dance party. Grandmothers, children, and the youth traded rounds on the dance ﬂoor. Los Lonely Boys closed out the night, the attendees parading to their cars with lawn chairs and souvenirs in their hand, satisﬁed by a fun, memorable, family experience that will remain a yearly tradition for the city of Austin.
Written by Kelli Rhodes Photos by Clayton Hodges Headline image by Fuzebox Photography