Posted: 10:43 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014
By By Deborah Sengupta Stith
Ninos Rock Pachanga! vine.co/v/b0J7uzaHreI— D. Sengupta Stith (@deborific) May 12, 2013
Following last night’s torrential downpour, good weather prevailed on day two of Pachanga Fest 2013. With brilliant blue skies, a gentle breeze and high temps in the low 80s, it was a positively temperate spring afternoon. The grounds were surprisingly (disturbingly?) dry and mud was not a problem. In the early part of the day turnout was light but good spirits were abundant.
With the well organized, excellently programmed Niños Rock Pachanga tent, the fest lived up to its promise as a family friendly event. Gina Chavez led a hilarious and adorable sing-along, inviting children on stage, arming them with percussion and creating a song on the spot about their favorite foods. Other popular activities included face painting, mask making and a piñata party.
Flaco Jimenez at Pachanga Fest vine.co/v/b0JQK527t2a— D. Sengupta Stith (@deborific) May 12, 2013
Across the festival grounds there was ample shade, easy maneuverability and short lines at the food and drink vendors. Along with the characteristic festival beverage offerings of beer cans and plastic cups of cocktail, carafes of red and white sangria were available for $13 (plus a $2 carafe deposit).
Around 3:30 p.m. a sizable crowd gathered under the pavilion stage for Tejano legend Flaco Jimenez who was joined onstage by guitarist Roger Rabbit Garza and his band. The five-time Grammy winner was gregarious and energetic, toasting the crowd with a can of Bud Light before tearing into his killer accordion runs. The crowd was strikingly diverse in age with generations gathering to see the master perform and cheering raucously in response to each song.
Money Chica at Pachanga Fest. Another crazy groovy Grupo Fantasma side project. vine.co/v/b0J3L3OZDMl— D. Sengupta Stith (@deborific) May 11, 2013
Over on the other side of the park Grupo Fantasma side project Money Chicha, sporting an incognito bandit style with bandanas across their faces laid down groovy instrumentals. They played the kind of cinematic rambles that would provide a perfect soundtrack to a Southwestern road trip movie, or an amazing afternoon on the east side of Austin, Texas, as it were.