While musician Félix Pacheco was doing his laundry one day he kept hearing a familiar rhythm. “Is that a cumbia coming from the dryer?” he thought. So he decided to sample it. Musical inspiration, Pacheco says, can come from all around you. He also included his baby’s rhythmic heartbeat in a song.
“It’s just up to us to listen and grab those rhythms,” says Pacheco, who is co-founder and DJ/bassist for local band Cilantro Boombox.
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Austin Reggae Festival
When: Friday-Sunday Gates at 3 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Where: Auditorium Shores, South First Street and Riverside Drive
Cost: $15 for single-day to $35 for a weekend pass
Cilantro Boombox plays at 1:30 p.m. Sunday on the fest’s main stage. They also play at 11 p.m. April 27 at the Spiderhouse Ballroom as part of Austin Vida’s Barrio Bash Vol. III.
Albums available on cilantroboombox.com, iTunes and at Waterloo Records.