Frontera Bugalú pays homage to music unique to the long Texas/Mexico border that stretches from Brownsville to El Paso: high-energy cumbia blended with the “border folk” of traditional accordion-fronted Mexican music and of other Latin rhythms. The band began as a collaboration between accordionist/singer Kiko Rodriguez and keyboardist Joel Osvaldo, two veterans of El Paso’s punk, rock, and roots music scenes. The band channels the vibrant shared culture of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and embodies the new sound of the border, one that embraces both sides of the Rio Grande.