It’s that time of year again when some of the world’s best talent takes the stage at Austin City Limits Music Festival. This year’s fest is full of Latinx and Hispanic representation. From Colombia, Mexico and Spain to New York and Chicago, a variety of mostly Latina-fronted acts are sure to show the diversity within the Spanish language music realm.
Kim Viera, Friday, Oct. 4
The New York singer songwriter emerges with a dynamic, diverse and definitive creative and cultural vision of her own, which she appropriately dubs “American Latina.” A vocal powerhouse, she made her introduction on viral hits alongside YouTube star Kurt Schneider in between writing for superstars such as Lil Wayne. In 2016, she landed a major label deal with Republic Records. With 2018 single “Como” with Daddy Yankee serving as her formal introduction and her follow-up single “Here For Ya,” Kim is about to take the music scene by
Monsieur Periné, Friday, Oct. 4 and Oct. 11
Colombian stars Monsieur Periné, a Latin Grammy “Best New Artist” winner, is one of the fastest growing and internationally renowned Latin American bands. The band’s style explores the cultural roots of diverse Latin American sounds by fusing them with jazz, pop and swing. After their first two albums “Hecho a Mano” (2012) and “Caja Musical” (2015), their latest album, “Encanto Tropical”, was released in May 2018, via Sony Music. The album was produced by Visitante (Eduardo Cabra), a recent Latin Grammy winner for “Producer of the Year.” It features special guests Vicentico (Los Fabulosos Cadillacs), Leonel Garcia, Julieta Venegas, Juancho Valencia and Mauricio Rengifo. “Encanto Tropical” was nominated for a 2019 Grammy in the “Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album” category as well as three Latin Grammy nominations in 2018.
Diamante Eléctrico, Saturday, Oct. 5
Colombian rock band Diamante Eléctrico was once described by industry analyst and critic Bob Lefsetz as “sounds like a cross between Green Day and Muse, with a bit of Zeppelin thrown in.” Since their beginning in 2013, they have risen to become one of the most important bands on the independent music scene in Colombia. They have participated in more than 250 national and international showcases and festivals, including Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Culture Collide Festival, the Latin Alternative Music Conference, Altavoz International Festival, Estéreo Picnic Festival, and Vive Latino, among others. They were also special guests at Foo Fighters’ concert in 2015 and opening act for the Rolling Stones in 2016 in Bogota.
Kali Uchis, Saturday, Oct. 5 and Oct. 12
Raised between Virginia and her parents’ native Colombia, Kali Uchis is a vocalist, songwriter, producer, director and designer now based in Los Angeles. Uchis’ debut album, “Isolation,” was released in 2018 to universal acclaim and named one of the best of the year by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NPR, Billboard, GQ, Uproxx, Streogum, Noisey and more. Uchis has collaborated and shared stages with many of her peers, including Gorillaz, Tyler The Creator, Snoop Dogg, Diplo, Major Lazer, Rick Rubin, Kaytranada, Leon Bridges and Daniel Caesar.
Natalia Lafourcade, Saturday, Oct. 5 and Oct. 12
Natalia Lafourcade is a Mexican singer, composer and producer who has written songs since the age of 16. Over her career spanning more than 15 years, she has recorded 8 albums. She has received 11 Latin Grammy Awards and one Grammy Award. She sang at the Recording Academy’s Person of the Year ceremony and has participated in the Latin Grammy ceremony multiple times. She took part in the Oscar Awards ceremony in 2018, performing the theme song from the film Coco from Pixar alongside Gael García and Miguel. In February of 2019, she participated in the Grammy Awards ceremony for the first time sharing the stage with Aída Cuevas and Ángela Aguilar representing Latin talent with pride.
KAINA, Sunday, Oct. 6
KAINA is a first-generation Latina, born and raised in Chicago. The sweet-hearted optimism in her writing aims to connect to and lift the spirit of the listener. In 2018 she premiered her single “f*cked up” on Clash Magazine and a 3-track EP entitled “4u” that follows up her last EP release, “sweet asl.” Her work joins company with her features on Saba’s “CARE FOR ME” and subsequent Tiny Desk appearance as well as The O’My’s “Tomorrow.” She continues to write songs while playing shows around the country, most recently as a main act at Red Bull Music Festival Presents: XICAGO, as well as a direct opener for Kali Uchis at Concord Music Hall and Jamila Woods at House of Vans.
Vanessa Zamora, Saturday, Oct. 12
Mexican singer-songwriter and producer from Tijuana, Baja California. Currently living between Mexico City and Los Angeles, Zamora is on a musical journey through the less explored sides of pop, guided by the eclectic and the psychedelia.
Rosalía, Weekend 1, Sunday, Oct. 6 and Oct. 12
Since releasing her second album “El Mal Querer” in 2018, Spanish sensation Rosalía has won two MTV Video Music Awards for Best Latin and Best Choreography, released Latin pop hits with J Balvin (“Con Altura” and “Brillo”) and Ozuna (“Yo x Ti, Tu x Mi”), and toured across Latin America, Europe and the U.S. in support of the album. She has performed in various music festivals, including Lollapalooza and Coachella. In March, she announced a collaboration with Billie Eilish, who is also part of the lineup for ACL Weekend 1. The public can also expect a release with collaborator Pharrell Williams soon.
Full lineup at aclfestival.com