In 2001 Mexican cumbia star Celso Piña rescued his foundering career with the album Barrio Bravo
, which paired him with what were then some of Mexico's biggest rock bands—including Cafe Tacuba, El Gran Silencio, and Control Machete. The singer and accordionist stayed just as rooted in cumbia fundamentals himself, but his collaborators jacked up the rhythms in his music, borrowing grooves from hip-hop and reggae—a move that earned Piña a large new audience. He dispensed with the guests but continued broadening his sound on the follow-up, 2004's El Canto de un Rebelde Para un Rebelde
, and for his most recent album, 2010's Sin Fecha de Caducidad
), the collaborators are back; this time the cast is more diverse, so that Piña ends up making gritty rock with El Tri's Alex Lora, breezy pop with Natalia Lafourcade, Parisian salsa with Sergent Garcia, and a romantic ballad with Ely Guerra (other guests include Lila Downs
, Aleks Syntek, and Piña's father, Isaac). No matter where he roams, though, at heart he's pure cumbia. —Peter Margasak Charly Montana headlines; Celso Piña, Blues Boys, and Heavy Nopal open.