The Academy’s elementary students will perform a folkloric dance.
Eight-time Austin Music Award winner and 2015 Austin Musician of the Year, singer/songwriter Gina Chavez’s original take on traditional folk blends her dynamic vocals with hints of cumbia, bossa nova, vintage pop, and reggaetón.
Geni, Yánez, and Sebastián of the NYC-based Típico Urbano put an original, modern twist on merengue típico, the oldest style of merengue, infusing traditional Dominican rhythms with youthful lyrics and new and exciting musical concepts.
Perhaps best known for his album Despreciado, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Lupillo Rivera has netted 15 Top 50 singles on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart, and is currently touring in support of his 2017 album, El Malo.
Columbus-based The Ark Band has toured across the US, Canada, and Jamaica sharing its roots reggae, calypso, and soca music.
Featuring Rachel Sepulveda and Victor Zancudo, salsa band Ritmo Ondas performs current and classic pop hits from artists such as Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, and Gloria Estefan, as well as some of their own original songs.
Known as "The Prince of Bachata," singer Frank Reyes is one of the most recognized champions of the genre worldwide with hits such as "Noche de Pasion," and "Como Sanar” among many others.
Catch a showcase and celebration of Latin style as local adults and children model a progression of fashion from traditional Latin clothing through the modern designs of today.
Considered one of the most successful salsa orchestras of all time, El Gran Combo has released more than 60 studio albums of soul-stirring Latin rhythms and lush vocal harmonies over the course of their more than 55-year-long career.
Special Festival Host
Richard Bastar Jr., known as B. A-Star, is a former member of the group Tercera Generacion (or 3G) with his brothers, boasting the fact that they are the third generation of Bastar in the music industry. Now pursuing a solo project, B. A-Star has created a new urban dance sound, releasing more than ten singles since 2011.