Friday, February 12, 2010

Pachanga Fest 2010 to include Grupo Fantasma, Hacienda and Larry Harlow

The names of a handful of performers slated to play this year's Pachanga Fest have leaked on the Latino music festival's MySpace page. Local bands on the preview list include retro-rockers Amplified Heat, '60s-inspired pop-rockers Hacienda and salsa/cumbia big band Grupo Fantasma. The festival will take place at Fiesta Gardens in East Austin on May 22.

Grupo Fantasma should have a new album out by then, as they spent much of the past few months recording and mixing. Hacienda, meanwhile, is currently pulling double duty as the backing band for Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.

As far as national/international acts leaked: Colombian hip-hop/reggae duo Bomba Estereo, Chilean pop singer Pilar Diaz and New York electronic/R&B group Pacha Massive.

But the name I'm most excited about is Larry Harlow. If you don't know, Harlow is a legend. His piano playing helped shape the salsa music movement of the '70s. His work with groups like Orchestra Harlow and Fania All-Stars has produced many classic albums that have inspired everyone from Grupo Fantasma to The Mars Volta (Harlow actually played on the Volta's 2005 album Frances The Mute).

File Under: Pachanga Fest, music news