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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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