7 Cinco de Mayo shows to catch in Austin

Los Super Seven performs during SXSW in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, March 15, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Infuse your Cinco de Mayo celebrations with some local live music.

The holiday commemorates the Battle of Puebla in 1862 when a scrappy Mexican army defeated Napoleon III’s powerful French troops. Although now a minor holiday in Mexico, Americans over the decades have embraced its cultural significance. Some scholars believe had Mexicans not won that battle that the French could have backed the Confederacy in America’s Civil War, perhaps resulting in a very different United States.

Texans can take pride in knowing that the Mexican forces were led by Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin, a native Texan born in present day Goliad.

RELATED: Cinco de Mayo through Civil War lens

Check out a sampling of shows honoring the holiday:

Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival with Flaco Jimenez: The annual free celebration of accordion-driven music runs May 4-6 at various locations including Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater, Stubb’s Graceland Grocery in Oak Hill, and One-2-One Bar. On Cinco de Mayo, the fest will attempt to set an official Guinness World Record for the number of accordionists playing the polka “Viva Seguin” at the same time. The family-friendly festival, which will feature more than 20 different bands from across Texas, will be headlined by legendary musician Flaco Jimenez. More info: ranchoalegretexas.com.

Cinco de Mayo with Tequila Rock Revolution & Boca Abajo at One-2-One Bar: When metal meets mariachi, you get Tequila Rock Revolution. The music salutes mariachi roots and infuses it with modern metal and electronica. The result makes for a must-see show that features a 10-piece supergroup donning Mexican sugar skull face paint. Join them as they celebrate their latest single release. Rockers Boca Abajo round out the bill. Showtime starts at 10:30 p.m. More info: one2onebar.com

Tacos & Tequila with Grupo Fantasma at Belmont: Latin funk masters Grupo Fantasma will lead the Cinco de Mayo bash that’ll have a special margarita menu and free tacos. Doors open at 7 p.m and tickets cost $25 in advance $35 at the door. More info: tacosandtequilaatx.com

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Bidi Bidi Banda to perform Cinco de Mayo at Mohawk. 

Bidi Bidi Banda, Tiarra Girls, Este Vato at Mohawk outdoor: Austin’s first all-star Selena tribute band headlines the celebration in honor of the Queen of Tejano music. Teenage alternative rock trio and sisters Tiarra Girls also make up the lineup along with the eight-piece Latin fusion outfit Este Vato. Tickets range from $15-20. Doors open at 8 p.m. More info: eventbrite.com/q/mohawk/events/33132

Cinco de Mayo 2018 at Fiesta Gardens: The 26th annual free accordion festival features food booths and acts such as Johnny Degollado y Su Conjunto, Los Pinkys and Ruben Garza. Lawnchairs permitted. More info: cincodemayoaustin.com

La Voz Latina at Cactus Cafe: Local artists will honor Latin American female singers with a special tribute concert at 7 p.m. at the Cactus Cafe. Leti Garza, Stephanie Bergara, Suzanna Choffel, Ley Line and Vanessa Lively are among the featured performers. Tickets cost $12 in advance and $15 at the door. More info: cactuscafe.org,

Cinco de Mayo Cumbia Night with El Tule, Plan Sonidero, DJ Megabass at Hotel Vegas: After receiving a city proclamation declaring April 26 “El Tule” Day, the music veterans who have been making our hips shake for the past 15 years will be leading the party. Cumbia masters Plan Sonidero and DJ Megabass are also among the high-energy lineup. More info: texashotelvegas.com

 

What’s on your summer bucket list?

Baby Olive Ridley sea turtle emerge from their nest at Ostional beach on the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. (AP Photo/Kent Gilbert)
Baby Olive Ridley sea turtle emerge from their nest at Ostional beach on the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. (AP Photo/Kent Gilbert)

Austin 360’s recent cover story about our staff’s summer bucket list includes everything from releasing baby sea turtles in South Padre Island to taking the family to a drive-in movie at the Blue Starlite Drive-In theater.

Here are a couple of things I’m looking forward to checking off my summer bucket list:

Learning a new language

Ever since I wrote a story last summer about Austin’s growing Brazilian music scene, I’ve been obsessing about music sung in Portuguese, which has led me to wonder about all these wonderful lyrics I’m missing out on. This summer, you’ll find me listening to Portuguese for Spanish Speakers podcasts and hopefully taking a class as well. Then, it’s off to practice my skills in the fall with a trip to Portugal.

Catching more local music

Spring and fall music festival seasons often shine a spotlight on national and international artists. But our local musicians need love, too, and summer is the perfect time to catch up on all the local acts who stay here to brave the heat. My plan is to make a list of all the local Latin music bands that I haven’t had a chance to check out yet and catch as many shows as possible.

What’s on your summer bucket list? Let us know in the comments section.