Systema Solar, Lulacruza shine despite SXSW stage delays

Lulacruza performs at SXSW2016. Photo by Nancy Flores
Lulacruza performs at SXSW2016. Photo by Nancy Flores

South by Southwest’s Radio Day Stage and International Day Stage were delayed by about two hours on Wednesday following the opening keynote panel featuring First Lady Michelle Obama. The Austin Convention Center’s upper floors, where the shows were scheduled, were inaccessible until after the opening session wrapped up.

Despite Wednesday’s delay, these day stages typically offer music lovers a chance to enjoy intimate performances with a relaxed vibe.

Featured performers at the International Day Stages included Argentine-Colombian electronic folk duo, Lulacruza. The trio, who all performed barefoot, beautifully melded modern and ancient sounds. Their set was a perfect place to get away from the festival chaos and get inspired with the lead vocalist’s powerful voice and moving music. Lulacruza performs again at midnight Wednesday at The Townsend and 8 p.m. on Friday at Palm Door on Sixth.

Colombia's Systema Solar give dynamic SXSW performance. Photo by Nancy Flores
Colombia’s Systema Solar give dynamic SXSW performance. Photo by Nancy Flores

Kicking up the party vibe later was Colombia’s Systema Solar. Their amped up set of electro-cumbia grooves, energetic frontman plus loud black and white geometric outfits make them a must-see band. Catch them again at 1 a.m. Thursday at Flamingo Cantina, 1 a.m. Friday at the North Door and at a free show at 6 p.m. at the SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake.

Click here for more Radio Day Stage shows during the festival and here for more International Day Stage performances.

 

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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