Pinata Protest Returns to Headline Texas Taco Music Fest

San Antonio punks Pinata Protest return to Houston this weekend after an extended absence for the Texas Taco Music Festival. The explosive ensemble headlines the festival that also includes performances by Ruben Moreno & Zydeco Re-Evolution, local blues shouter Annika Chambers, Latin rockers La Sien, all-female cumbia band La Conquista from Monterrey, Grupo Mixxto, and Baraja de Oro. The band has lots of original material, but it is also known for putting a punk jolt into standards like "La Cucaracha" or the Vicente Fernandez classic "Volver, Volver.""

Their last Houston appearance was at Fitzgerald's with Los Skarnales, but Pinata front man Alvaro del Norte says the band hasn't been playing much due to working in a new guitar player.

"It's always something with a band," laughs del Norte, explaining that the original guitarist quit after his first child was born. "It's a tough way to support yourself or a family, being a band like ours."

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