Fresh off the success of their two singles “Wahoo” & “Y O U,” Austin’s Cilantro Boombox announce an initiative to connect with fans via their new Patreon channel launching 9/23 at https://www.patreon.com/cilantroboombox. The band will be rolling out exclusive content from videos to unreleased music and more.
This year, Cilantro Boombox released two heavily-praised singles “Wahoo” & “Y O U.” Their first single Wahoo premiered with MXDWN and was recognized as KUTX’s “Song of the Day.” Shortly after, the Cilantro Boombox released Y O U which Glide Magazine referred to as, “fascinating and downright impressive to hear.” Austin360 commended both singles, “‘Wahoo’ is a high-energy slice of mostly instrumental sonic textures, while ‘Y O U’ features intriguingly off-kilter beats, hip-hop-influenced lyrics and autotune-styled vocal effects.”
Cilantro Boombox will be releasing exclusive videos on their Patreon which launches September 23rd. With the status of live performances still in question, the band hopes their Patreon will allow them to establish a direct connection with fans and friends, “We may not be able to pack sweaty venues but still continue to create. Our patreon will allow us to have a direct connection with our fans and friends. A connection we crave and value. Their support will help us create more content that can be seen and heard first or exclusively by our patreon supporters.”
Cilantro Boombox was founded over a decade ago by bassist Félix Pacheco and saxophonist/flautist Joe Woullard, and quickly evolved into a tight knit unit adding the songwriting abilities of Christopher “Zumbi” Richards (Trombone, Vocals), Andres Villegas (Guitar, vocals), Joshua Thomson (alto sax), Micah Shalom (trumpet), and Gustavo Hernandez (drums). Their lively energy and unique fusion of brass instrumentation, electronic music, and Latin and Pan-African sounds have earned them a strong following both locally and nationally, playing notable festivals including SXSW, Austin Reggae Fest, KUTX’s Summer Jam, and Musikfest. They have also garnered strong national press accolades from NPR Music, PopMatters, Huffington Post, and Medium as they continue to rise. In 2019, the band was honored with a grant from the distinguished Black Fret Organization, and have been once again nominated in 2020.