Niños rock Pachanga with original songs

The Pachanga Latino Music Festival returns to Austin this weekend, with a chance to inspire a musician in the making.

Austin singer/songwriter Gina Chavez is holding a songwriting workshop for kids at the festival’s Niños Rock stage.

“It’s honestly just a really fun time to teach kids how easy music can be,” said Chavez. “For one, we don’t even really need instruments. We can use our voices; we can use our hands; we can use our feet.”

Chavez gets the crowd warmed up with some interactive tunes, then writes a song with the kids.

“We pick a topic that the kids want to talk about,” said Chavez. “We actually did one about family – brothers and sisters and moms and dads. Of course, the misbehaving brothers and sisters. The year before that we wrote about food.  Some kids were like, ‘sushi, yeah…’”

DMK, a father who sings Depeche Mode covers with his son and daughter, closes out the Niños Rock stage.

Kids ages 12 and under get into the festival free with a paid adult.

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