Mexican rock giants, Molotov, will perform on Dec. 20 at the Mohawk in Austin as part of its Agua Maldita Navidad Tour. The Latin Grammy winning band with a career that spans almost two decades has been on tour this month in support of its latest album “Agua Maldita.” Their last stop on the tour ends in Dallas on Dec. 21.
Mexico City’s Molotov rose to fame in the mid-1990s with its edgy blend of punk rock and hip hop with risqué lyrics that often got them banned from the airwaves. During a time when rock en español was on the rise, Molotov differentiated themselves by incorporating bilingual rap rhymes and shaking up the status quo. The band’s debut album title “¿Dónde Jugarán las Niñas?” poked fun at the popular rock group Maná, setting the tone for a fiery career.
Several of Molotov’s songs such as “Gimme Tha Power” and “Frijolero” served as anthems for a new generation of bicultural rock listeners.
In Molotov’s latest album, which recently received the 2014 Latin Grammy Award for Best Rock Album, the single “La Raza” features DMC from iconic hip-hop group RUN-DMC. Tickets for the Austin show, which is presented by Transmission Events and Pachanga Fest, can be purchased online for $30 (plus processing fees) or at the event for $35 (plus processing fees). Doors open at 8 p.m.
Master Tex-Mex accordionist Flaco Jiménez will receive a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, according to the Recording Academy.
Jiménez is among other legendary performers who will also be honored including George Harrison, the Bee Gees, the Louvin Brothers, Pierre Boulez, Buddy Guy and Wayne Shorter.
Jiménez, a five-time Grammy winner with a career spanning more than six decades continues to record and perform. Before a 2013 performance at the Pachanga Latino Music Festival in Austin he told the Statesman’s Spanish-language weekly ¡Ahora Sí! that he enjoys improvising musically and described it as a challenge “or something that comes from the heart.”
Jiménez, who is also known for performing with the Texas Tornadoes, has collaborated with everyone from The Rolling Stones to Willie Nelson. Jiménez has continued the musical legacy of his accordion-playing grandfather and father and blazed his own trail in Tex-Mex music.
“This year we pay tribute to exceptional creators who have made prolific contributions to our culture and history,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow in a news release. “It is an honor and a privilege to recognize such a diverse group of talented trailblazers, whose incomparable bodies of work and timeless legacies will continue to be celebrated for generations to come.”