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Música Latina Ecléctica: UHD’s Thursday Night Concert Series Continues May 4


By Hayden Bergman

El Cucuy: the Hispanophone analogue to the bogeyman. Cucucuy: one of Houston’s most intriguing Latin bands. Speaking to the Houston Press, the group noted that while only a few letters separate the monster from the music, the extra two create a deejay style repetition often heard on cumbia tracks. Cucucuy is eclectic, though, and mashes up styles from all over the Latin world—salsa, bachata, reggaeton, and, yes, cumbia—creating an eerie, upbeat sound that will have you nodding or dancing along. Check out their first single “Amanaciendo (Con Tu Amor).

The Thursday night event at Discovery Green is also hosting Kiko Villamizar, a Miami-born, Colombia-raised musician whose latest album “Todo el Mundo” was described by the Austin Chronicle as engaging with “themes of change, immigration, and the wind.” It, too, is eclectic, combining in one album both traditional and psychedelic music, as well as storytelling and inner dialogue that offer a look at the Villamizar’s psyche and worldview. The album’s lead single, “Tuya Tulita,” dropped in 2022, and its opening guitar riff is something to savor. 

Finally, there's The Tiarras, an all-female band that’s a Latina power trio. Their unique sound and lyrics boom as they “celebrate unity, empowerment, and culture.” The band lists Selena, Santana, and Chicano Batman among their influences, and, oh, by the way—they're sisters! This family (and musical) affair seeks to unite people and to help them “learn about themselves and express the unspoken.” 

As a recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, the University of Houston-Downtown is proud to sponsor these three acts for the Gator community and Downtown Houston.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.