After facing cancellations and pivoting to a virtual event in 2021, SXSW is back on the streets of Austin and as big as ever. The multi-faceted press conference shows the country (and the world) what makes Austin a vibrant cultural hub and music city to be reckoned with. Currently running until March 20, the festival features numerous parties, concerts, food events, panels, and other attractions for locals and visitors alike.
If you are in the Austin area or flying to attend what SXSW is all about, Remezcla has made your pre-festival research much easier with our new certified list of the best Latin events of the week — badge and wristband required. From musical performances by Latin artists to panel discussions and can’t-miss parties, here are all the must-see SXSW events.
Living at Speakeasy
Cosmica Artists partners with Lucky Hound Sound and The Paramount to do what Cosmica does best: showcasing burgeoning Latin talent. Live at Speakeasy – an official SXSW showcase is a music event that will feature some of Cosmica’s stellar roster in an open-air venue under Texas skies. There will also be many genres to discover, from the American alternative group Making Movies to the Tropical Electronica group Salt Cathedral. Other artists viewers can expect to see include dance-pop duo Reyna, R&B artist Flores, alternative Chicana sister trio The Tiarras, Dallas-based dream-pop band luna lunaand Mexican singer-songwriter Mariangela, one of Sony Latin’s newest recruits.
When: March 15 at 7:30 p.m. CT
Or: Speakeasy – 412 Congress Ave D Austin, TX 78701
Presented by Que Ent., LA SUBCULTURA is another unmissable showcase of Latin music that spans various genres and nationalities. The concert series is set to take place in Parish off of 6th Street and features acts like Mexican trap artists ZizzyLil Benjas and Adrian be, all of whom rule from Monterrey, Nuevo León. There are also plenty of Puerto Rican artists who are expected to perform, like the singer-songwriter paopaoel movimiento singer Catalyna and lo-fi artist Enyel C. Chicocurlyhead, Panama-born, Atlanta-raised R&B artist, are also set to perform, along with Bresh for an anticipated DJ set.
When: March 16 at 10 p.m. CT
Or: Parish – 501 Rushy St. Austin TX
The sounds of Spain
Spain’s rich and innovative music scene comes to SXSW 2022 with Sounds from Spain, a two-day event showcasing some of the country’s up-and-coming artists. Scheduled to take place in two different Austin locations on two separate days, the lineup consists of artists from various Spanish regions, including Catalonia, Andalusia and the Basque Country, and musical genres ranging from movimiento to punk rock. . Artists scheduled to make an appearance are dance/electronic producer Baiuca, alternative band Belako, indie rock artist Marta Knight and Cruz Cafuné. “Sounds from Spain” will also feature musical guests who mix contemporary sound with flamenco elements, such as pop/R&B artist Queralt Lahoz and Sevillian rock band Derby’s Motoreta Burrito Kachimba.
When: March 16 and 17
Or: Half Step Bar – 75 ½ Rainey St. Austin, TX
Reyna + ReyRey – 78 Rainey St. Austin, TX
BMI presents Sonidos
Taking place at Venue ATX on March 17, Sonidos is a Latin music showcase hosted by BMI and presented by nu-cumbia pioneer DJ El Dusty. The musical event will include artists from the Caribbean and Latin America, such as Puerto Rican folk singer Andrea Cruz, Mexican-American hip-hop artist La Doña and Venezuelan pop singer Le Coco Ramos. Additionally, Mexican-American singer-songwriter Nancy Sanchez, Chilean electronic artist Wired Sessions and Colombian duo Tropical Electronica Salt Cathedral round out the setlist for the concert series. The exciting thing about Sonidos is that none of the artists are confined to just one genre. Each act has notable influences from various genres, including folk music, trap, traditional Mexican music, R&B, soul, and more. In other words, it’s a snapshot of the diversity of today’s thriving Latin music scene.
When: the 17th of March
Or: The ATX Venue 616 E 6th St. Austin, TX 78701
Bresh & Que Ent. present: El After
Bresh and & Que Ent. are back in Parish for more after their Wednesday night event, and this time it’s for “El After.” As the name suggests, guests can expect a great evening of Latin electronic music, plus a few surprises (or, in this case, surprise guests) to keep things interesting. Currently confirmed guests include “anonymous” Puerto Rican DJ/producer Fux Beat, Mexican DJ Milkman and Miami-based DJ/producer MJ NEBREDA.
When: March 18
Or: Queen – 78 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
Monterrey-born DJ Milkman brings his famous RECREO party to SXSW. Also known for his work as creative director of J Balvin and founder of the Broke Kids Music label, Milkman’s soiree was a monthly gig at LA’s Los Globos before touring New York, Europe and the Art Festival. Basel from Miami. The full lineup of artists will be revealed on the day of the event.
When: March 19
Or: South Congress Hotel – 1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX