Music Is Freedom at the Wildly Eclectic Pachanga Fest
|La Santa Cecilia|
Julieta Venegas shined brightly closing this year's festival. With an equally beautiful voice and smile, she wasted no time immediately playing her hits. "Eres Para Mi" and "Lento" were especially well-received, as the audience's singing was amplified by the pavilion's metal roof. The crowd did thin out a bit during some new tracks from Venegas' 2013 album Los Momentos, but those who stayed were treated to an inspired set by the Mexican-American songstress.
As we walked out, I saw a very tired and very happy Rich Garza, founder and producer of Pachanga Fest, making his final rounds. He said that this year was another success, with very few hiccups and lots and lots of smiles. I asked him what it would take to bring his festival to Houston, to which his face lit up. "I've really thought about it! I think that would be a lot of fun!"
Rich and Elaine Garza.