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Volume 64, Issue 162

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Watcha Tour features entertaining bill with wide range of musical styles

By Rattaya Nimibutr
Daily Cougar Staff 

and Christian Bethlen
Contributing Writer 

Summer tours have been in full force in 1999, with festivals including everything from the Lilith Fair, which seems to have lost the hype that surrounded in recent years, to the Let's Live It Up Tour with The Brian Setzer Orchestra to Willie Nelson's Family Picnic Tour. 

Then there are those faithful Phish fans who flock to the band's hugely successful tour, which is criss-crossing America as we speak.



Café Tacuba, one of many bands on this year's Watcha Tour, is a Mexican-based band that is sure to rock the house.


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One tour that most of you have probably never even heard of hits Houston this weekend. The Watcha Tour, featuring mostly Latino rock artists, lands 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and will turn a lot of heads with its unique lineup.

The Watcha tour will consist of many bands that have as-of-yet never toured the United States, such as reggae/punk band Todos Tus Muertos and Illya Kuryaki (hip hop/funk/rock), both from Argentina.

Also appearing are the Mexican-based bands Café Tacuba, Molotov and Control Machete, ranging from traditional Spanish rock 'n' roll to rap.

Planning to create some type of frenzy onstage are Spanish rockers Los Mocosos and Viva Malpache. They are known to create that jump-on-your-feet mode and get the crowd going.

The Chris Perez Band, which recently released its debut album Resurrection, will also be on the show list, along with the South Park Mexicans and Latin Fros, who were discovered on MTV's talent show The Cut, hosted by TLC's Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopez.

The concert will also include more well-known bands such as Fishbone, the swing boys of the Atomic Fireballs (regulars at the Orchid Lounge) and the local zoot-suiters Los Skarnales.

The Watcha Tour will be a show that combines the most extreme musicians with a wide range of genres: Spanish rock to swing to hip-hop. For the first time in too long, concert goers can yell out their native cheers for the bands they enjoy the most, and they deserve it.
 

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