Pachanga first launched as a Latin-themed music, cultural arts and food festival in 2008 on Austin’s East Side. Now it’s a traveling show as The Red Bull Panamérika Pachanga Tour, featuring Bogota’s Bomba Estereo and Oakland, California’s Los Rakas, stops at House of Rock on Thursday. Doors are at 8 p.m.
Vocalist Liliana “Li” Saumet and founder Simon Mejia rock out in equal parts electronica and traditional beats, such as salsa and cumbia. The band launched in 2005 and has played at South by Southwest and the Austin City Limits Music Festival as well as Coachella in California.
Bilingual hip-hop duo Los Rakas features Panamanian-American cousins Raka Rich and Raka Dun. A West Coast dance club sensation, Los Rakas has enjoyed mainstream exposure when the act was featured on the track “I Screwed Up” on legendary new wave act Blondie’s 2014 release, “Blondie 4(0) Ever.”
The Red Bull tour is playing four Texas cities on this first run: El Paso, Corpus Christi, Houston and San Antonio.
Alternative rock band Icky Hollow takes the stage Friday at House of Rock. The recently reformed band, originally from Louisiana, has made a fresh start in Houston and is making a name for itself as it has landed a recording contract with a label in England and has headed out on its own headlining tour.
Mud River (hard rock band from Laredo), RESZ (original rock band from Corpus Christi) and Dr. No (six-piece rock cover band from Corpus Christi) will join them.
Skrewface (five piece, thrash/metal band from Corpus Christi) plays Saturday at House of Rock. Doors are at 9 p.m. Black Lung Conspiracy (5-piece, hardcore/thrash/cross over band from Corpus Christi), Numb to the Blow (five-piece southern metal band from Corpus Christi) and Defiled Creation (five-piece death metal/thrash band from Corpus Christi) are also on the bill.