Skip to Content

Grupo Fantasma: The Local Kings of Cumbia


Live Music In Austin

April 16th

The Moody Theater, the W Austin’s famed music venue and home to Austin City Limits, recently opened a sister spot, 3TEN. To construct it, many of the same designers, acoustical engineers and lighting experts that collaborated on the Moody Theater returned to create the smaller, more intimate space.

Who better to test out the capabilities of the room than the local kings of cumbia and 2011 Grammy Award winners, Grupo Fantasma. Fresh off making their new album, Problemas, Grupo is gearing up for an international tour — and Austin is their first stop. Highlights off the album include “ Porque” (a Spanish cover of The Beatles’“ Because” ) and a lively Afro-Cuban workout teeming with textures called “ Solo Un Sueno.”

The 3TEN show will be a night dedicated to cumbia called Accíon Cumbiambera featuring guest appearances from Josh Baca of Los Texmaniacs and the famous Salvadoran accordionist Aniceto Molina. Cumbia derives from Colombian roots where it began as a courtship dance. Grupo’s bassist, Greg Gonzalez, explains cumbia as having “the grit of the blues with the percussion of Latin America … an infectious beat.” Don’t forget your dancing shoes!

Read more from the Food Issue | April 2016