HoCo Fest 2015 is resurrecting some of Tucson's favorite bands of yesteryear and even presenting a visual history of the music scene by way of the Tucson Rock and Roll History Museum pop-up exhibit, all culminating in a celebration of 30 years of Hotel Congress (stay tuned for more on all of this in our cover story next week). However, HoCo is also going to be a place for change, especially for psych cumbia outfit Chicha Dust.
The band announced in a press release that they will be officially changing their name to XIXA. Pronounced "SEEK-suh," the name change will also reflect a change in the band's sound. According to the release, Chicha Dust had focused on the "guitar-driven cumbia popular in the Amazon and on the streets of Lima."
XIXA will have "a bit less chicha" and "a bit more desert dust" with all original material, straying from the covers of chicha classics that popularized the act initially. With this new sound, XIXA will release their first EP—aptly-titled Shift and Shadow—in November via Barbès Records, the home of Roots of Chicha. After that, the band will release the full-length Bloodline in February 2016. Both releases will be available on vinyl.
Chicha Dust will officially become XIXA on Friday, September 4, when the group performs at HoCo Fest alongside Roger Clyne, Tom Walbank and many more. Tickets for the event are $10 and can be found online in advance, along with more information, via the Hotel Congress website.