Free Week, January 1-9, 2011, in Austin, Texas is over. Of all the Free Week shows that I went to, the Austin Vida showcase at Stubb's Bar-B-Q was the best show of all week. I say that because it was the only, and possibly first, show which featured a variety of exceptional bands made up of Latinos. This is the third year I've attended Free Week shows and I truly hope that the over whelming success of this Latin showcase will set the stage for future Latin showcases during Free Week and on an everyday basis. I also have to say that the success of Austin Vida's show was attributed to the selection of the bands for the showcase. The bands came from local, regional and international talent, plus they also had their own distinct sound and charisma.
Even though I call this show a "Latin" showcase, all the bands performed mainly in English including Sour Soul which is from Mexico. Latinos like all types of music. We play rock, funk, punk and alternative music in English but because of our heritage, in many cases we add a different flavor to the music we play.
Check out the live performances of the four bands that performed at Stubb's and I think you'll agree that these bands really rocked.
Sour Soul from Mexico City
The Young Maths from McAllen, Texas
Hydra Melody from San Antonio, Texas
Vinyl Dharma from Austin, Texas
More showcases are being planned in the future so stay up to date at Austin Vida or Austin Vida Facebook page.