Thursday Night SXSW Showcases
SXAméricas8pm, Departure Lounge
An ongoing Festival effort to connect the U.S. Latin community with the Latin American interactive, film, and music industries offers many such events throughout all 10 days of SXSW. Sara Ontaneda, an Ecuadorian-American singer and songwriter based in NYC, holds a strong connection to the Central American homeland of her ancestors, where she's toured and received radio play. Stage name for Natalia Suazo, Natisú lays claim to an adventurous brand of pop that draws from the same muse as Björk and PJ Harvey. A recent series of conceptual EPs places the Chilean performer at the center of the Latin American indie rock scene. A solo synth-pop act from Panama, Marlys mixes beats and styles from the Nineties with a daring visual presentation. Monterrey, Mexico, folk-pop duo Las Delailas make their U.S. debut on the heels of their first, self-titled LP, garnering encouraging reviews.