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.
A change of seasons means it’s time for dub/roots/reggae artist Fortunate Youth to head back out on the road. The group follows up its spring headlining tour with its Fall With Friends Tour, which stops Friday at House of Rock.
They will be joined by Ashes of Babylon (Lake Charles, La., reggae band), The Steppas (roots/reggae from Hawaii) and Ease Up (Southern California ska/reggae/rock band). Doors are at 8 p.m.
Fortunate Youth, a collaboration of South Bay reggae standouts, formed when musicians from various bands teamed up for a six-piece collaboration that combines rootsy vibes with groove-filled bass lines, multiple harmonies, boisterous guitar solos and heavy keys. Fortunate Youth takes a high-energy approach and provides positive stage vibes to give an unforgettable show.
Their 2013 release, “It’s All A Jam,” hit numerous charts including No. 1 on Billboard reggae charts, No. 10 on the Billboard Pacific Heatseekers chart, No. 23 on the Billboard National Heatseekers chart along with No. 1 on iTunes reggae charts and No. 46 on the iTunes overall charts.
Reggae rocks the house this Wednesday as Tribal Seeds, New Kingston and The Expanders take the stage at House of Rock. Doors are at 7 p.m.
From San Diego, Calif., award-winning reggae group Tribal Seeds has become known for its spiritually-driven, refreshing rock vibe infused with the roots style of reggae music. Originally started by two brothers, Steven Rene Jacobo (lyrics, vocals, guitar) and Tony-Ray Jacobo (producer, keyboards, vocals), Tribal Seeds’ unmatched musical talent and authentic sound have brought the group to the forefront of the reggae rock genre.
The band released its highly-anticipated fourth album, “Representing” earlier this year and saw it debut at No. 1 on the Billboard reggae charts as well as the iTunes and Amazon charts. The new album is sure to not only reaffirm but solidify the group’s blend of roots and new era rock/reggae.
Fall 2013 saw Brooklyn’s New Kingston cross the United States on the band’s first major solo tour. The group is three brothers and their father, who plays bass. Together they incorporate R&B, hip-hop and jazz with their heritage genre of reggae to form a multidimensional sound. They have released two full-length albums, “In The Streets” (2010) featuring Collie Buddz and Mr. Vegas and “Kingston University” (2012) featuring J. Boog.
The Expanders have come to be known for a vintage “rockers” style of reggae, played in the tradition of classic 1970s Jamaican groups like The Ethiopians, Culture, and The Mighty Diamonds. The Beat magazine credits the group as having recreated “the old classic Kingston rocksteady sound to a T.
Hosted by Reverend Matt Martinez, Open Mic Night at House of Rock happens every Tuesday night, with sign up starting at 8 p.m. and all performances starting at 9 p.m. All acts and all ages are welcome to participate.
“I feel it’s very important to a growing musician,” Rev. Matt said. “There really is nothing better for you than a nurturing environment when it comes to playing original music. It’s really cool to see a young band or musician come out and have that rough nervous start, then after a few weeks or months they grow into this epic rock band.”
Now with the Kitchen open, Open Mic Night specials are being served. Order a large 1 topping pizza and 4 canned drinks for only $20 Tuesday night only!
So come out, meet Rev. Matt Martinez, get some grub and see what new acts you can find at House of Rock.
Dayton, Ohio, post-hardcore rockers Hawthorne Heights revisit their roots with a special presentation of their 2004 debut album “The Silence in Black and White” on Monday at House of Rock, playing it in its entirety along with songs from the group’s 13-year career.
That debut album, with standout track “Ohio is for Lovers,” propelled them onto bigger success they later reached with the release of “If Only You Were Lonely,” which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard charts in 2006.
Anchored by original members JT Woodruff (lead vocals), Micah Carli (lead guitar) and Matt Ridenour (bass), the band has released five original albums, including last year’s “Zero.” In honor of the 10-year anniversary revisit, Hawthorne Heights released an acoustic version of “The Silence in Black and White” in May.
They’ll be joined by New Empire, Cupid’s Victim and An Everyday Tradition. Doors are at 7 p.m.