CentroAmericanto Fest brings Central American music to Austin

Salvadoran singer/ songwriter Mauricio Callejas Photo by Marlon Sorto / Ahora Si
CentroAmericanto founder Mauricio Callejas
Photo by Marlon Sorto / Ahora Sí

Central American music doesn’t dominate in Austin the way it does in other U.S. cities, but local singer/songwriter Mauricio Callejas has worked for years to make it more accessible in the area with a Central American music festival he founded called CentroAmericanto.

On Sept. 12, the one-day festival at the Scottish Rite Theater, will feature legendary Nicaraguan singer/songwriter Luis Enrique Mejía Godoy. “His catalog of socially conscious songs is indispensable (in order) to understand the music history of Nicaragua,” festival organizers said of Godoy in a news release. Joining Godoy on the lineup is Nicaraguan musician, composer and producer Luis Pastor Gonzalez Vega, who is known as “Luis Pastor.”

Other performers include the dance company Folklore and Rhythms of Panama, Costa Rican piano virtuoso Esteban Alvarez, songwriters Jeana and Juan Carlos Ureña from Costa Rica and Callejas, who is originally from El Salvador.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Visit cacfest.com for more details.



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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