Thursday, March 3, 2022

MACCnifico: A Celebration of Austin Tejano & Latino Music

Check our event page for updates including Lineup: MACCnifico.net

Thursday, March 17
Friday, March 18
Saturday, March 19

 

The ESB Mexican-American Cultural Center (ESB MACC) will host its first annual MACCnífico - a celebration of Austin Tejano & Latino music and culture. We will showcase local musicians and performing artists who contribute to Austin’s diverse Latinx art community, inviting the public to celebrate the biggest week of live music in Austin. With live performances, food trucks, on-site activations, and special guests, it will be a “magnificent” display of Austin’s Latinx culture, so in other words, “MACC-nifico”!

This event will take place outdoors on the MACC Zocalo, our central plaza that has always served as our gathering place for large events. Admission to the event is free of charge and open to the general public with a health screening (more below).

On Thursday 3/17 the ESB MACC will exclusively present performances by our artist residency program, LAAP (Latino Artist Access Program). Past LAAP performances at the MACC have included live sets by singer-songwriters, theater productions, live comedy shows, and even traditional folkloric dance. All LAAP artists have been invited to contribute a performance or presentation. Please see the full list of LAAP artists here.

On Friday 3/18 the ESB MACC will host a Tejano music night with local bands that are continuing the strong Tejano and Conjunto traditions of Central Texas. Our beloved Tejano musicians have always been rooted in East Austin and have played such venues as the Pan Am Rec Center’s Summer Concert Series and various folk festivals in the area. Expect lots of dancing and plenty of reunions with these bands whose audiences see them as family, some of whom have been performing in East Austin for 40+ years!

On Saturday 3/19 the ESB MACC will host a Latino/a/x music showcase that can mix genres such as cumbia, salsa, reggae, funk, world, rock en espanol, and more! This final evening of performances on Saturday night will showcase the incredible diversity in Austin’s Latino music scene, especially those bands that have expanded beyond traditional genres with their own modern twist.

Doors will open at 4:00pm and live music will continue to approximately 9:30pm. Guests who arrive early to the event will also be able to chat with various community outreach tables, vendors, and local organizations. If you’ve never been to Austin, come find out about the work being done in our communities! And for those local attendees, connect with organizations that further the MACC’s mission to preserve, promote, and facilitate an appreciation for Latinx culture and connect to our ever-growing community.

The event is free to attend, but capacity is limited due to social distancing measures. Guests can access a health questionnaire online to fill out before they arrive at the event, and temperatures will be taken upon arrival. Guests are advised not to attend if they have been exposed to COVID, have a recent positive COVID diagnosis, and/or have been ill. There is no alcohol at this event.

We will also offer a concurrent digital event for those who cannot attend in person. Since capacity is limited, anyone can watch the musical performances livestreamed to your computer, tablet, or phone! The event will be available to watch on the MACC Facebook and Youtube. The community can participate by commenting during the livestream and exploring various resources linked from the event website, MACCnifico.net, making this a collective digital event.

The ESB MACC welcomes all visitors! We have used the term "Latinx" to describe events such as MACCnifico in order to be as inclusive as possible. The ESB MACC audience is wonderfully diverse, and embraces a variety of self-identifying terms, such as Latino, Latina, Latine, Latinx, Chicano/a/x, Mexican American, Tejano/a/ax, Afro-Latino/a/x, Indigenous, BIPOC, and many others. We understand that there is no one term that encompasses every identity. We embrace ongoing conversations about inclusive language and welcome your feedback.


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