We have an amazing line-up of music, food stalls, art, parades, and TWO MASSIVE BARS!
Our 2016 Day of the Dead Festival will feature an amazing and exciting mix of artists from Melbourne and local Latin legend bands including:
It all started when I went to the Fremantle Library and got out an album by pianist Bill Evans. In it, there was a song called Funkallero.
Formed in 2004 by multi-faceted, multi-instrumentalist/composer Argentinian/Australian, award winning artist Abraham Dunovits, who now lives and works in Melbourne, Funkalleros have been playing locally at selected venues such as Open Studio, but the band shines in open air festivals. Abe was born in Argentina and grew up in Spain, soaking up the music as he went along, studying in the local "tablaos" where flamenco music was played in Madrid and going to see rock concerts at night. He has lived and worked in Australia since 1989. He is a somewhat musical virtuoso on string instruments but self-taught.
From the corner of the world to the Yarra Valley...
Born in Tijuana, Mexico, Alejandro is a talented musician, singer, composer and teacher. At 5 years of age, Alejandro started ‘playing guitar' using coat hangers and elastic bands and at 19, he commenced study of the guitar and bass. He has 15 years of professional experience as a performer at festivals, corporate events, private functions and schools.
In 2002, Alejandro he founded the music group Arbol Azul and performed in the USA/Mexico border region. He toured ‘Canto a la Luna: A Musical Journey through Latin America' throughout the USA, performing at more than 450 schools. Arbol Azul also performed regularly at the Centro Cultural Tijuana and with Young Audiences of San Diego, an American arts-in-education organization which awarded Arbol Azul ‘Performing Artist of the Year, 2007.'
The tropical mokey trio is not longer a trio! They have a new kid or should we say a new mono on the block...?
Join The New Monos introducing their new member Alejandro Espino (aka The Lone Mariachi) in what it will be for sure total madness!
Expect of course: Cumbia, Folklore, Tango, Cumbia psicodelica, urban rock, chicha, punk, reggae and of course... Colombian accordion!
Javier Rodriguez (their accordionist) just came back from a trip to Colombia and he has been learning new tricks that will be showinig on the night!
Saca la Mois DJ!! (a.k.a. Moses Iten)
is a dancefloor-obsessed DJ, specialising in beats and the latest remixes sourced straight from producers in Buenos Aires, London, Sao Paulo, Paris etc. Tropical space cowboys The Cumbia Cosmonauts are his live and remix project produced together with Thomas "Soup" Campbell, who have growing cult following in Latin America and beyond. In Melbourne saca la mois DJ!! hosts a monthly event called Cumbiateque, and the radio show Alterlatino on 3ZZZ 92.3 FM.
With a vibrant procession starting at the Altar and finishing in the middle of this year venue.
The sounds of brass and percussion from the Andean mountain tops
Brazilian Samba beats
Chicada is composed of 24 local percussionists, made up from a mixture of Tasmanians from all over the world. Rehearsing once a fortnight year-round, the band exhibits professionalism in their performances and guarantees to bring authentic Brasilian sizzling samba rhythms from Bahia carnivals such as Samba Reggae, Duro, Cuadrado, Baión and Timbalada and more.
Tasmanian only and exciting 10 piece Salsa band
SondelSur’s music is a selection from the traditional salsa heartlands. The Caribbean Islands (Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico), Mexico and Colombia are all represented by the band’s repertoire. These musical traditions have been blended with current Miami and New York sounds, creating an authentic and modern sound which just begs the listener to dance.
CHUPACABRA sing about death, life, tobacco and rum.
They bring the Cumbia sound to bring Australia that little bit closer to lusty Latin America.
This 8 piece band bring horns, accordion, guitar, bass, latin percussion and Spanglish together to give you a moment in your life where all you want to do is celebrate something and dance for it. Any reason is good enough.
We are CHUPACABRA, come join the cumbia family.