Posted: 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
By By Nancy Flores
An epic storm rolled through Austin just as local Latin fusion group Este Vato played Friday night at the Pachanga Latino Music Festival. High winds blasted through Fiesta Gardens, making some poncho-wearing fans nervous for the rest of the evening’s performances. Luckily all three shows were under the park’s covered Pavillion stage, and despite the thunder and lighting in the distance, the music played on.
But the heavy downpour did cause some hiccups. Some festivalgoers said their entry was delayed during the height of the storm, leaving them to wait outside the gates in the rain. At the main beer tent, sales were temporarily halted when the storm left the cash registers out of service.
But under the Pavillion stage, most folks stayed dry as they waited for the next performers, 3Ball MTY, to take the stage. The Monterrey-based DJ trio started their set late, but quickly energized the crowd with their tribal guarachero beats, which blend electronic-infused cumbia with dance music and Mexican regional sounds for one big musical mixture.
The young DJs recently performed during Coachella, and have been making waves nationally. Their infectious beats were not just being played but created on stage, and the DJs also added some percussion to the mix.
When 3Ball MTY performed at South by Southwest 2012 they played at a nightclub, which made for a more intimate party that whipped the crowd into a frenzy. While the trio didn’t quite reach those dizzying heights Friday, the group beefed up their outdoor live show with the addition of male break dancers and some remixes of popular songs such as Elvis Crespo’s “Suavemente.” The enthusiastic crowd waved hands in the air, but it was 3Ball’s big hit “Inténtalo” that really got the crowd moving.
Before the night’s headliners arrived, Houston rapper Chingo Bling popped up on stage not to perform but to throw T-shirts to the all-ages crowd and plug his tamale truck, which is an official Pachanga food vendor this year.
By the time headliners and regional Mexican music stars Intocable came onto the stage, the rain had cleared and left only a cool breeze behind. This summer the seasoned musicians will celebrate their 19th anniversary, and they have a new album out called “En Peligro de Extinción” or (In danger of extinction).
Intocable’s show gave fans a good mix of new and classic songs. Part of the fun of attending such a well-known band’s concert is the chance to go down memory lane with every oldie but goodie tune. Intocable played hits like “Donde Estas,” “Te Voy a Conquistar,” “Eres Mi Droga” and “Coqueta.”
They sometimes slowed or sped up the tempo, keeping fans on their toes but always giving them a chance to sing along to their beloved songs.