Maneja Beto

Maneja Beto


Eno-era Talking Heads meets Mexico's Cafe Tacuba in an East Austin Cantina.


Indie en Español from Austin, Texas. MANEJA BETO occupies the universe where Joy Division meets up with Café Tacuba in an East Austin cantina and riff on Eno-era Talking Heads songs. MANEJA BETO triumphantly performed at the Austin City Limits Festival and received serious East Coast accolades from last year’s SXSW showcase.
Independently releasing 2 critically acclaimed records, the band comes with a momentum that has them already shaking up the Joshua Tree Festival this past May and heading back towards Los Angeles. They will open up for current indie darlings Dappled Cities (Link: ) and hardcore cumbia masters Very Be Careful (Link: )as well as headline their own show in Pasadena at Levitt Pavillion (Link: ). They are also returning to San Francisco to play the North Beach Jazz Festival (Link: ).

Over the course of several months in 2002, Beto began as Sunday afternoon musings between four like-minded guys huddled in an Austin neighborhood kitchen and grew to a 5-piece collaborative that performs regularly around Texas. Beto now happily exists in that moment between music and people – a sonic conversation in and of itself. Like Son, a genre of traditional Mexican folk music, Beto's music aims for the heart and the head, realizing this primordial soup of people, feelings and music creates a special sense

Los Angeles Times music critic Agustin Gurza criticizes the current latin alternative/rock en espanol scene coming out of Mexico lamenting that no one has used Café Tacuba as a template: “Today’s Mexican bands reject the concept of fusing rock with native forms of Latin American folk music…Nowadays, Mexican bands often pick names that disguise their identity and country of origin…” Maneja Beto may not be from Mexico but they do follow in the footsteps of not only Café Tacuba in terms of their instrumentation and indigenous musical styles but also with another musical giant- Los Lobos in terms of their diversity. Hope that still counts for something these days.

With 2 full-length releases to their credit and a live show which is gaining the attention of such rock notables as Alejandro Escovedo, Davíd Garza, and KCRW’s Nic Harcourt & Ariana Morgenstern- Alex Chavez (voz, keys, guitar, jarana, quinta huapanguera, requinto jarocho), Alec Padron (bass guitar), Bobby Garza (percussion, keys, voz), Nelson Valente(guitars), and Patrick Estrada (drums and percussion) are the chefs mixing ingredients of son jarocho, alternative rock, Radiohead, Joy Division, Café Tacuba, AND Los Lobos into one tasty combo.


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Set List

45-60 minute sets

cumbia de las bombas
los cerros
aqui en mi alla