Saturday, December 19, 2009

12/19 Saturday show picks: Austin Vida showcase and more

Tonight, Austin Vida presents its end-of-the-year bash with a diverse lineup of Latin-influenced bands at Beauty Bar for only $5. Here are the official descriptions from Austin Vida:

Maneja Beto ( is a five-piece, indie-en-Español fusion band similar to bands like Latin alternative legends Café Tacvba and Aterciopelados. An Austin Vida staff favorite, Maneja Beto sets the standard for Latin alternative music in Austin.

El Tule ( combines influences of cumbia, Afro-Cuban, rock, merengue, salsa and reggae. The music is influenced by art, history and culture often focusing on legends and tales of the mystical. El Tule is for those who love to dance, feel good and enjoy the positive expression of music.

The showcase’s opening band will be Este Vato ( These vatos are serious up-and-comers on the Austin Music scene, having already been featured in major Latino publications Remezcla, Austin Vida and La Banda Elastica. With their debut album in the works, Este Vato will only continue to keep audiences dancing and nodding their heads well into 2010.

Spinning before the bands will be Austin’s own Latino funk master DJ Chorizo Funk (

Over at Barcelona, The Peen Scene's Michael Hernandez will be celebrating his birthday with plenty of electronic musical goodness. Go buy Michael a shot. He and his partner in crime, Jen Devito, work hard for you mofos. Show some appreciation.

And last, but not least, one of my favorite bands in town is playing its last show. SNAFU Kitties will headline at Emo's indoor stage in a farewell show that is also doubling as a CD release show. This band never caught on with the local blogosphere, which is too bad. They write and perform catchy piano-pop with clever lyrics and an undeniable R&B groove. Fans of other local piano-pop rockers like Quiet Company and Fulton Read would dig this band. Sad to see them go.


Mike said...

thanks for the love, homie! too many people too your advice, tooooo many shots were bought! haha