Latin music at ACL

Colombian rock star Juanes will perform at the ACL festival. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images
Colombian rock star Juanes will perform at the ACL festival. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images


There are many ways to approach a huge event like the Austin City Limits Music Festival. This year, in addition to our regular critics’ picks and artist spotlights, we’re offering gameplans, various strategies for how to approach the festival depending on what kind of experience you’re looking to have. For each gameplan, we’re providing both a suggested schedule and a playlist.

Today, the gameplan is for those who mostly want to catch some Latin favorites.

The strategy: Go off the beaten path and explore the global grooves of Latin America.

The playlist:

Essential gear:

Comfortable dancing shoes: No one is judging.
Twitter: Share the news about these lesser known bands with the world and tell fest organizers how much you enjoyed them. Maybe we’ll get more Latin beats next year.
Non-essential gear:

ACL App: Since unfortunately you can’t make an entire weekend out of only listening to global grooves from Latin America, check out the line-up for other world music artists like Beats Antique who play Middle Eastern rhythms with an electronica twist.
The gameplan


4:15 p.m.: Anita Tijoux (Sculpture- Weekend one) (Zilker-Weekend two) Don’t miss the chance to catch one of Latin America’s best MCs. She rhymes in Spanish, but you don’t need to understand the language to get into her laid-back flow. The French-Chilean artist has captivated the Latin alternative music scene and the hip-hop world with her four studio albums and great live shows.

6:15 p.m.: Ozomatli (Sculpture- Weekend one) (Zilker-Weekend two) Get ready for the pachanga that’s guaranteed to make your hips shake with cumbia goodness. The LA-based band’s infectious genre-blending beats range from hip-hop to salsa.


1:30 p.m.: Zoé (Miller Lite) Kick off your afternoon with a cosmic experience filled with psychedelic rock and experimental beats to loosen you up for a fun night of music ahead. You’ll be in good hands with the veteran Mexico City quintet who has been rocking around the world for more than 15 years.

2:30 p.m.: Rey Pila (BMI) Spend some afternoon chill time with this Mexico City quartet’s blend of new wave and synth rock. They even have their own alternative version of “Lady in Red.”

7:30 p.m.: Juanes (Austin Ventures) There isn’t a better way to end your ACL Latin music experience than with Colombian pop-rock superstar Juanes. With 19 Latin Grammys under his belt and more than 16 million albums sold worldwide, Juanes, who is also known for his global humanitarian work, brings an energetic live show and draws plenty of loyal fans.

Author: Nancy Flores

Nancy Flores is a features writer who covers general assignments including Latino culture for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360.

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