When it comes to showcasing the rich diversity within Latin music, the Pachanga Latino Music Festival offers something to please just about everyone’s ear, from hip-hop to cumbia.
The two-day festival, now in its sixth year, starts Friday night at Fiesta Gardens with headliners Intocable. Zapata-based Intocable has been successful in transitioning from Tejano music to Norteño and is now one of the biggest names in regional Mexican music, with multiple Grammy and Latin Grammys under its belt.
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3ball MTY. Monterrey’s 3ball MTY killed it at South by Southwest 2012 with one sweaty dance party. These young DJs have helped popularize a dance music called tribal. The trio, who recently performed at Coachella, blends pre-Hispanic music with electronica and cumbia for a unique sound that’s gained a wide reach beyond the Latin music scene. 8 p.m. Friday, Pavillion stage.
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3BallMTy. If you’re up for something new and eclectic, you have to check out this band. This young DJ trio will make you dance with their guarachero beats made up of plenty of bass, electronica, cumbia and regional Mexican sounds. 8 p.m. Friday, Pavillion.
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Pachanga Latino Music Festival
When: Friday and Saturday. Doors at 6:30 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday.
Where: Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St.
Cost: $39 for Friday, $39 to $75 for Saturday, $65 to $143 for a two-day pass. Kids 12 and younger free with a ticketed adult.
Coming up: Live coverage from Pachanga Fest at austin360.com.