Cilantro Boombox

Cilantro Boombox


"Cilantro Boombox‘s new single “Love For Money” begins life as a ska song with strong echoes of the English Beat and the Specials and then morphs into a straight-ahead funk tune before injecting some salsa into the mix. " Popmatters

Drawing from diverse musical backgrounds, Austin's Cilantro Boombox creates an energetic, positive vibe that flows from the dance floor to the soul. Initially a casual collaboration between bassist Félix Pacheco and saxophonist Joe Woullard (of Black Joe Lewis and Ocote Soul Sounds), the duo blossomed into a working unit with the addition of Andres Villegas (Guitar, vocals) and Christopher "Zumbi" Richards (Trombone, Vocals). Subsequently bolstered by Joshua Thomson (alto sax), Micah Shalom (trumpet), Jason Murdy (percussion), and Greg Clifford (drums), Cilantro’s explosive sound merges elements of Latin, Pan-African, brass bands, and electronic musics in a unique flavor as bold as its namesake.

The band's eponymous, 11-track debut album was self-released in 2012, followed by the single, “Fears Away,” in 2014.  Every song, chord, and lyric of Cilantro Boombox’s repertoire lifts the crowd up; their contagious energy is hard to surpass, even amidst the worthy, diverse competition of the Austin live music scene.

A seasoned ensemble, Cilantro has quickly won a local following from strong showings at numerous shows and festivals such as SXSW, Utopia Fest, KUTX’s Summer Jam, and Austin Reggae Fest. They have notably opened for Willie Nelson and Café Tacvba at ACL live and Los Amigos Invisibles at House of Blues Dallas and Austin's Belmont. Their growing list of accolades includes a feature in the Austin-American Statesman, selection as one of NPR’s favorite songs of 2014 (Fears Away), and a single premier on MTV Iggy. In early 2017, Cilantro Boombox is releasing their second studio album!


January 27  Sahara Lounge  Austin
February 18  Hi-Tones San Antonio
March 15-20 SXSW Austin


For more info, please contact, 323.254.4027.