Trending
MOST READ
4 Downtown Dive Bars to Embarrass Yourself In

4 Downtown Dive Bars to Embarrass Yourself In

City Guide 2014: In the last few years, San Antonio has made great strides when it comes to its mixology doings. Many good (and some great!) cocktail bars have been springing... By Tim Hennessey 2/24/2014
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
Best Guacamole

Best Guacamole

Best of SA 2013: 4/24/2013
Best Happy Hour

Best Happy Hour

Best of SA 2013: 4/24/2013
SA’s Shadiest (in a good way) Parks

SA’s Shadiest (in a good way) Parks

City Guide 2014: For anyone in charge of a child or two, knowing where to find the nearest playground is information as essential as the numbers for poison control and your pediatrician... By Joy-Marie Scott 2/24/2014
Calendar

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

The San Antonio Music Awards

Bombasta Wins 3 San Antonio Music Awards

Photo: COURTESY PHOTO, License: N/A

COURTESY PHOTO

Bombasta, in their “de la calle” pose



Related stories


It’s official: Bombasta has earned bragging rights as the baddest Latin alternative band in San Antonio, even though they don’t see it that way.

“I really don’t think of things in those terms,” guitarist/singer Robert “El Robótico” Livar, still unaware the band had won three awards, told the Current. “We’re just in it like everyone else, trying to hustle and work with what we’ve got. All of us come to música latina from different backgrounds, so we’re just part of this evolution, rediscovering our roots and adding our own spin on things.”

In addition to countless regional shows, in 2013 Bombasta added a new gig: being the live band during the theatrical run of In The Heights, the Woodlawn Theatre’s highly praised production of the Tony Award-winning musical.

“It was a great experience, it really got us outside of our normal vibe,” Livar said. “Being part of a large production gave us an appreciation for everything that goes into putting together such a great show. The mix of hip-hop, salsa and all the other tropical styles in the score really gave us a deeper understanding of how some of these rhythms fit together.”

There is one thing Bombasta has not been able to do yet: record a full album. Being a 10-piece band, the recording process has been “complicated” and “frustrating,” said Livar, but they’ve managed to put out some singles, including the infectious electro-cumbia-rap “De la Calle” which also won Best Video (directed by Robb S. García).

“Our focus has always been the live performance, feeding off an audience and getting that instant response,” Livar said. “The industry has changed so much over the time we’ve had the project going (10 years in December), really moving away from the album approach. It’s like we’re back in the ’50s, where everything is driven by singles now—it seems hard to even find anyone who still buys entire CDs.”

Having said that, they’ve been working on a soon-to-be-released collaboration with Erick Massore (from Massore, a Mexican cumbia group) and “another new track that’s been pushing us in new directions.”

“I think that this música latina is más americano than a lot of other popular music,” he said. “Latinos/Chicanos are the ultimate remixers—we’re a cultural filter, always absorbing everything across all borders and then recreating this new mix of sounds that helps identify this new American experience.”

We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus