Concert Review: Pacha Massive

Pancha+massive+pachaPacha Massive is Latin alternative Dominican band based in New York City. The name Pacha Massive comes from the term “Pachamama” which translates to Mother Earth. The multi-talented Ramon Nova was created the band back in 2005 (in Bronx). The members of the band are Monica Lionheart, Vincent Veloso, Joe Abbatantuono, and Maya Martinez.

On Friday, October 4th, the band was performed in Austin for ACL and Latinitas was able to see them perform live!

The energetic crowd shared their thoughts about Pacha Massive:

“To me it’s kind of a mix of sexy, electronica, jazzy and loungy,” said Annie Rodriguez, a Pacha Massive aficionado.

“They throw a little bit of soft hip-hop, but it’s not yelling at you… it’s nice.”

In the end, I was quite surprised. They put on a great show.

The enthusiastic crowd cheered and danced to songs like “Don’t Let Go,”“Only You,” “All Good Things,” and “Pachangeando.”

Diana Castillo and Jenny Rivera are both veteran attendants of ACL and fans of Pancha Massive.

“I’ve known about them for while but this is my first time seeing them live,” said Diana Castillo, a Senior Nursing Student.

“Their style is hard to pinpoint,” Castillo says. And her friend Rivera agrees, and said,  “But their music is really great to dance to!”

It sure is!  Pacha Massive features a freshness of sound like no other band. They incorporate elements of electronica, hip-hop reggae, hip-hop, Colombian cumbia, and dance rhythms.

This exciting musical composition brings out a sense of adventure at times, and a feeling of relaxation at others. Furthermore, their songs are almost a contradiction—they are intense, but also calm; fast, yet slow; sad, but happy.  Their style is original, there’s no doubt about it.  The rich and resonant brass and the crisp and exact percussion dominate in their music.

Moreover, “Pachangeando” was a crowd pleaser, and would make a good concert opener. It features a warm and mellow tone, as well as a unique rhythmic combination of percussive elements.

However, the crowd’s energy weakened because they felt unsatisfied with the ending. Pacha Massive left thirty minutes before their allotted time due to “other” engagements.

Rodriguez was among the displeased audience.

“That’s so weird. Why are they leaving so early?” she said.

Nevertheless, they played a great show with no musical clichés whatsoever. Needless to say, their musical style is so vibrant and dynamic that it’s almost impossible to get bored.

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