Spotlight on Austin City Limits Festival: Mariachi El Bronx

The Spotlight

Over the past nine years, the Austin City Limits Festival has become renown for bringing a wide range of music and activities to the Austin’s Zilker Park.  The Festival has grown from being a celebration of Texas style music, to incorporating acts from across the full spectrum of music – ACL 2011 includes jazz, rock, country, folk, hip hop and electronic music acts. Exemplifying this is the inclusion of a band like Mariachi El Bronx in the line up.

Mariachi El Bronx are the mariachi alter egos of Los Angeles punk rock band The Bronx. Pause for a moment to let the awesomeness of that idea sink in. OK, moving on.

They write songs that carry the same punk spirit as those they record as The Bronx, but which are written in the style of traditional Mexican genres like cumbia, norteño and bolero.  They also trade their electric guitars, basses and keyboards for Mexican instruments like the vihuela, accordion, bajo sexto, jarana and trumpet.

The result is a genre mish-mash that’s unpredictable and fun.  The concept behind it is really what the Austin City Limits Festival is all about – bringing together a wide range of cultures, arts and people to create something greater.  So to get an idea of what to expect at the 2011 ACL Festival take a listen to “48 Roses” a track off of Mariachi El Bronx‘s new album Mariachi II.

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