Cinco de Mayo is upon us and some people are of course looking to put on some parties downtown. Apparently one is going on in the block between Lamberts and La Condesa near second street. Information on this show has been hard to come by, but word is that Xemumba alum Los Bad Apples and Cienfuegos will be playing along with Charanga Cakewalk and DJ George. The event is totally free and gets started around 5pm. Food and drink will be provided by several vendors (not sure if they are free or not). Check out the fancy poster attached for more info or head to wikipedia to do some stuyding on the significance of Cinco de Mayo.
The Latin music festival known as Xemumba can best be summarized as an audio/visual extravaganza that takes hold of your senses and never lets go. One minute you’re sipping on a beer listening to the latest salsa coming out of Cuba, and then your running upstairs to watch the UT ballet folklorico cuttin’ a rug. Oh and then you have tasty South American treats to munch on, while watching a Spanish documentary made by local film makers. Xemumba even had opportunities to help out less fortunate young hispanic girls in the community. Not impressed yet? After the jump is a quick review of each band we saw on Friday at the festival with photos (Saturday unfortunately was postponed to a later date. We’ll of course let you know when the event is rescheduled).
Part three of our build up to Xemumba Festival features local Austin band Los Bad Apples. Los Bad Apples plays a high-energy fusion of Hip Hop with Reggaeton, Cumbia, Flamenco, Samba & Salsa. Band members include the sweet songstress, Anita Benner, critically acclaimed MC Zeale who was a finalist in the World Rap Championships of 2007, as well as former members of Kumbia Kings, Menudo & Grupo Fantasma. Los Bad Apples will take stage on the Friday evening of Xemumba. Don’t forget to read our original post on Xemumba or check out a few Los Bad Apples songs from the band’s myspace page.