Centroamericanto brings best of Central American music to Austin

Sara Curruchich - by Eny Roland

Mayan singer-songwriter Sara Curruchich to perform at Centroamericanto Fest 2016. Photo by Eny Roland

In 2011, local singer-songwriter Mauricio Callejas brought the Centroamericanto music festival from El Salvador to Austin. What began as a gathering of singer-songwriters in Central America has now grown into an annual Austin festival.

On Sept. 3, the one-day festival will feature emerging and established artists as well as a small business and regional food fair at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. Rising Guatemalan singer-songwriter Sara Curruchich, who sings both in Spanish and a Mayan language called Kaqchikel, is among the featured artists.

Other performers include Guatemalan multi-instrumentalist Chejo Enríquez, Houston-based Nicaraguan urban artist Mister Meli, and Costa Rican duo Jeana and Juan Carlos Ureña who blend Central American folk with various musical influences. New Austin band Piano Sur, which is made up of Central and South American artists, will also be featured. They’ll present a special tribute to the late Honduran singer-songwriter Guillermo Anderson.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and tickets cost $20. Visit cacfest.com for more details.

Mister Meli will perform at the upcoming Centroamericanto festival. Photo contributed by Mister Meli

Mister Meli will perform at the upcoming Centroamericanto festival. Photo contributed by Mister Meli


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