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The can't miss final acts of iFest: A guide to groove
It's the final day of the Houston International Festival (iFest) — before you know it, the stages, the pirate ship and all the street trinkets will be gone. You can cram a lot into the goodbye though. With that in mind, here are the music acts you don't want to miss before the sun sets on the 40th edition of iFest.
12:30 p.m. — Mariachi MECA (Roomstore Latin Stage) — Mariachi is not just a style of music. It is vital part of the political and cultural legacy of Guadalajara and western Mexico. Hear the traditional string and trumpet romance ballads by Houston-based Mariachi MECA which trains young talents to preserve this historic music.
2:30 p.m. — Orgullo Vallenato (Roomstore Latin Stage) — I'll be honest ... I'm taking a total flyer on this Colombian band without knowing a lot about them. (Apparently, not many others do either. It was tough to come up with any sort of biography on this band searching the Internet). The Houston International Festival is about sonic exploration and Orgullao Vallenato definitely qualify
A couple YouTube videos feature the ensemble mixing multiple wild guitar with several traditional accordions and backed by raucous poly-rhythms. I'm sold.
4:30 p.m. — Wild Moccasins (Chron.com Entertainment Stage) — A bit of a change of pace, Wild Moccasins are a pop-leaning indie-rock band that isn't about to be confused with world music. The band's Houston residency doesn't exactly jibe with the international flavor of this event either.
But, wow, can these kids rock. They regularly pack clubs like Walter's on Washington. This is a chance to see them in without being pinned to the wall in the over-crowded, undersized Washington monument.
6:30 p.m. — Steel Pulse (Bud Light World Music Stage) or Rebirth Brass Band (Louisiana Stage) — The last show of the 2010 iFest is a listener's choice. If you haven't gotten your fill of authentic reggae, feed your need with a closing set by British Rastafarian ambassadors, Steel Pulse. If it's New Orleans-style brass-blown jazz and funk that tickles your fancy, perhaps the Rebirth Brass Band.
No matter which you choose, you can't go wrong. Unless you stay home today.