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December 2, 2021

Cumbia Ninja

By: Laurie Gallardo

You need to understand that this is not your mama’s cumbia. Not by a long shot. Es diferente pero lo mismo…pero no lo es. ┬┐Entiendes?

Houston-based duo Gio Chamba, featuring guitarist and vocalist Giovanny Alejandro and percussionist Coffeeleaf, honor and celebrate the tradition, but with this spectacularly unique and over-the-top energy that always hits the crowds like an explosion. Cumbia is at the heart of their electrifying sound, but layered with multiple cultural and musical influences that makes it pulsate: Electronic, rap, Houston hip-hop, and something undeniably punk. (Actually, there is something so punk rock about the way Coffeeleaf beats those congas, like…damn.)

Gio Chamba will be in Austin for a show tomorrow night, Friday Dec. 3, at The Far Out Lounge and Stage, 8504 S. Congress Ave. Tiarra Girls and Los Alcos round out the bill perfectly. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the music starts at 9 p.m. And don’t be shy. Dance your butt off.


September 21, 2023

Gather Round

If you know, you know. Interestingly, it took a friend originally from Alabama/Tennessee to explain it to your Austin Music Minute host. In addition to any shows presented by Eastside Kings Festival at various locations, Skylark Lounge is the spot to witness incredible blues shows. And it’s the spot where the Austin Blues Society Gathering […]


September 20, 2023

Faces of ACL

Overwhelming. ACL Fest 2023 is literally only a few weeks – really, days – away. How the hell does the time fly by so quickly? But today’s AMM has details about a special ACL Fest retrospective, from the eye of a wonderful Austin photographer. Perhaps your AMM host’s opinion is slightly skewered for various reasons, […]


September 19, 2023

HAAM Day 2023

Your AMM host hears a lot of stories from local musicians about HAAM. These are praises shouted from the rooftops. “If it wasn’t for HAAM, I wouldn’t have been able to see a doctor…” “Without HAAM, I wouldn’t have been able to get this dental work I needed…” “If HAAM wasn’t here to help me, […]