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History of LatinX in Rock Music


AUSTIN:  June 12, 2018 - corporate / private
SAN ANTONIO: August 8 2018 - corporate / private
AUSTIN: October 4th, 2018 at the Ruiz Hall 6pm
AUSTIN: October 9th, 2018 at the University of Texas 9am
TEMPLE: November 3rd, 2018 at Cultural Activities Center time tba
SAN ANTONIO: November 15th, 2018 at Trinity University 9:55am
AUSTIN: November 29th, 2018 at Carver Museum 6pm

DALLAS: February 21 , 2019 corporate / private
AUSTIN: February 28th-March 2nd, 2019 at the Institute of Latin American Studies Students Association Conference
AUSTIN: March 1st, 2019 Benson Library Conference Room 3pm 
GEORGETOWN: June 2nd, 2019 Nosotros Exhibit Georgetown Arts Center 2pm

HOUSTON: July 9 , 2019 - corporate / private

SAN ANTONIO : Nov 14, 2019 Trinity University 

OSLO, NORWAY - April 9th-11th 2020, TBA, Oslo

East Coast Music Conference - June 4 – 7 Norfolk, VA



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About us

This website traces the history of LatinX in rock music since the early 1900's, looking at key artists, songs, sounds and albums that shaped Latin American rock in context with social and political environments. Learn about the influence of rock as an art form for rebellious Latin American youth and the influence of native Latin American music in Western rock. Join us on a chronological musical journey from '50s calypso and surf music, '60s youth movements and sounds, and '70s political repression to '80s internationalization, the '90s Latin Alternative movement, and current Latin American rock musical forms.

We would appreciate any feedback at luis@specialeventslive.com

the music




“Luis Zapata’s the original music lover, and brings to these lectures the passion he built a career on. He speaks with the detail, the understanding, and the excitement of someone who was indeed there while the magic happened. He tells great stories, and makes clear how integral the LatinX contribution to American music culture was and is. Don’t miss this. ” 

Byron Lovelace

Technical Director

Azalee Marshall Cultural Activities Center