6 U.S.-based Latin acts to catch at SXSW 2016


Chicano Batman Photo contributed by Chrisko Morales
Chicano Batman, photo contributed by Chrisko Morales


Listen to just a few notes of Chicano Batman’s soulful throwback sounds and it’s easy to imagine it being the soundtrack to a laid-back, retro Chicano film. And with the name Chicano Batman, you can’t expect anything less than cool from this Los Angeles-based bilingual quartet. (10 p.m. Saturday, March 19, Maggie Mae’s)

Master Blaster Sound System’s cultural mashups result in cumbia electronica that pushes musical boundaries. Don’t miss the chance to catch these Austin party instigators live. (1 a.m. Thursday, March 17, Lucky Lounge)

Carrie Rodriguez’ twang-laden songs have captured the hearts of Americana music fans for years, but for the Austinite’s latest album, “Lola,” the talented fiddle player and singer connects with her Latin roots and creates a modern twist to Tex-Mex music. (8 p.m. Thursday, March 17, The Majestic)

Singer-songwriter Mitre’s haunting blend of bilingual songs are inspired by everything from spaghetti westerns to traditional Mexican music. We’re hoping that since Austin’s David Garza is featured on Mitre’s song “Aguacero” that he’ll join him for this SXSW appearance. (8 p.m. Friday, March 18, Departure Lounge)

New York rapper Nitty Scott MC has been on the rise lately with her socially conscious music that explores themes from her Afro Latina identity to mental health and spirituality. The half-Puerto Rican, half-African American artist has collaborated with rappers such as Kendrick Lamar and Action Bronson. (11:10 p.m. Saturday, March 19, Speakeasy)

Originally a punk rock band, Houston’s Los Skarnales didn’t lose their edge when they branched out to play a blend of Latin ska, reggae, rockabilly and cumbia. (Midnight Thursday, March 17, Lucky Lounge and midnight Friday, March 18, at Flamingo Cantina)

Nortec Collective, Toy Selectah among Casa México performers at SXSW

Nortec Collective will present Bostich + Fussible at Casa México during SXSW.
Nortec Collective will present Bostich + Fussible at Casa México during SXSW.

Bicultural music mashers Nortec Collective will present special sets by Bostich + Fussible at Casa México during South by Southwest Interactive on March 11-14 at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. A slew of other Mexican performers including hip-hop icon and mix master Toy Selectah (of Control Machete fame) will help kick off Mexico’s first large-scale event at SXSW, which will bring entrepreneurs, tech innovators, tourism and cultural leaders together.

Casa México events, which are free with registration, range from art and tech panels to entrepreneur meetups. Musical performances will be interspersed throughout the day with evening performances starting at 6 p.m.

Mexico City's Centarvrs explores the traditional Mexican corrido genre with electronic rhythms.
Mexico City’s Centarvrs explores the traditional Mexican corrido genre with electronic rhythms.

Other featured performers include Mexican alternative rockers Centavrvs, who are SXSW alums that energize crowds with their

Casa México guests should register here. For more information about the panels and shows, visit casamexicosxsw.com.

Here’s a look at the complete musical line-up:

Friday, March 11

2-2:30 p.m. McCallum High School Ballet Folklórico

4:30-5:30 p.m. Organización Kumbiambiera

6-8 p.m. Toy Selectah at Open House Mexico

8-9 p.m. Centavrvs

9-11 p.m. Tropicaza

Saturday, March 12

2-3 p.m. Autume

3-4 p.m. El Tule

4:30-5:30 p.m. Fridah Band

6-8 p.m. Nortec Collective Presents Bostich + Fussible “Tuba Set”

8-10 p.m. Toy Selectah

10-11 p.m. Centavrvs

Sunday, March 13

2-2:30 p.m. Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklórico de Texas

3-4 p.m. Peke Straver

4:30-5:30 p.m. Arzalez

6-8 p.m. Nortec Collective, Presents Bostich + Fussible “Tuba Set”

8-9 p.m. DJ AAAA

9-10 p.m. NAAFI

Monday, March 14

2-3 p.m. Macizo

3-4 p.m. Vitera

4:30-5:30 p.m. Sefo

6-8 p.m. NAAFI

8-9 p.m. Micca

9-10 p.m. DJ AAAA