Interview by Julia Aguillon
Article by Jackie Velez

Hey, San Antonio! If you’re into cumbia, then Tarasco Tropical is the band for you to watch out for! They’re releasing their debut single “Big Red Y Barbacoa”
Tarasco Tropical is a brand-new cumbia band in San Antonio, and they’re bringing together a fresh new cumbia sound! Front man Geo Ramos, originally from Los Angeles, relocated to San Antonio at an early age and is a first-generation Chicano of Purepecha descent. So, what is Purepecha and how does it relate to this brand of music? The Purepecha or Tarascans are a group of indigenous people centered in the northwestern region of Michoacán, Mexico, and are the early influences that helped mold Geo’s current sound and serve as the foundation for this spectacular project.
“It’s my roots, my culture,” said Ramos.
Tarasco Tropical is coming in hot with its grand debut single “Big Red y Barbacoa,” which features Philthy Dronez, Hippiecholo, and Corpus Christi’s own Principe Q who mixed and mastered this cumbion and created the Screwmbia mix and added the Q sauce giving the song a completely different vibe reminiscent of the screwed and chopped sounds originated in Houston, TX.
“Cumbia has been my life since I was little,” said Ramos. “
“Big Red y Barbacoa” has been in the making since the beginning of the pandemic and is a tribute to the infamous combination of food which originated around Central/South Texas, or some would say, and since Big Red y Barbacoa is a staple food in San Antonio and the surrounding communities, it’s bound to become a staple around these parts of Texas!
What’s more awesome is that the official video was filmed by San Antonio’s Lucid House Productions, and captures a typical San Antonio backyard Fiesta. That’s a love letter to behold to all San Antonians.
Ramos also took it upon himself to invite Alamo City icon Felipe Aldape to make a guest appearance in the video! Say it with me, peeps, “Nombre, Shut Up!”
Ramos decided to invite Felipe Aldape via Facebook when it came time to record the music video.
“He was skeptical,” said Ramos. “When he met me and did the video, we hit it off and we’re friends.”
So, if you’re tired of listening to the same old songs, check out Tarasco Tropical’s debut single “Big Red y Barbacoa,”on youtube, which is out now!
Cumbia, San Antonio!
For more information please visit @TarascoTropical on social media and subscribe to their official YouTube channel here: