"You say Charanga, I say PACHANGA"

Story by Mike Nistler in St. Cloud State University's Summer 2011 edition of Outlook

If a crime scene investigator were to dust the Stearns County Pachanga Society for fingerprints, St. Cloud State University would be in big trouble.

That's because nine of the members who comprise the musical group have studied at the University, including seven degree-holders. Interestingly, none of those degrees are in music.

"Pachanga Society mixes it up with cajun, cumbia"

Article by Molly Willms in St. Cloud State's University Chronicle published November 15, 2010

Cumbia and cajun music were just a few of the varied musical styles played by the Stearns County Pachanga Society at their latest show.

For the second time, the Pacanga Society hosted Dan "Daddy Squeeze" Newton, a Twin Cities-based accordion player.

"Pachanga Society brings a new sound to polka country"

by Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio submitted April 13, 2007

This weekend, a group called the Stearns County Pachanga Society will offer St. Cloud a unique musical experience that's homegrown, but it doesn't sound like it. The society blends several types of Latin music with a heavy dose of audience participation.

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"Pachanga plays Pioneer"

Article by Beth Kern in St. Cloud State's University Chronicle published Thursday, March 25, 2004

Every now and then, the members of the local group Pachanga like to mix things up with a change of scenery.

"We played at a museum recently for an exhibit opening," member Mike Hasbrouck said. "It was a different venue, much quieter. But we still had fun and received a lot of favorable comments."

"Stearns County Pachanga Society -- 'Viva la Pachanga!'"

CD review by Karl Leslie in the St. Cloud Times published Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004

If you are a fan of the local music scene and you haven't picked up the Stearns County Pachanga Society's disk, "¡Viva la Pachanga!" well, all I can say is what are you waiting for?

The Pachanga Society is a collection of some of the area's most talented musicians, and its album contains an excellent and diverse set of Afro-Cuban based busic.

"Pachanga lives in St. Cloud"

"¡Viva la Pachanga!" CD review by Phillip Strozinsky in St. Cloud State's University Chronicle published Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003

When it comes to moving your hips and lacing up your dancing shoes, the spirit of Pachanga will enrapture your body and mind. As the liner notes explain, the Spanish word "pachanga" means "get down, get loose , party and have a good time." This is exactly what the Stearns County Pachanga Society (SCPS) brings to music fans.

"Pachanga Society will make you move"

Excerpt from Karl Leslie's music column in the St. Cloud Times published Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003

Attending a meeting of the Stearns County Pachanga Society is nothing like most meetings I go to in the course of a week.

That’s to say that when I showed up for the 57th meeting of the Pachanga Society on July 31 at the Rox, it was informal, fun, had great participation, and people wanted to be there – and nobody wanted it to end.

"Passion for Pachanga"

From a cover story by Marty Sundval in the St. Cloud Times published Sunday, Jan 19, 2003

Mike Hasbrouck presents culture through music, teaching

Thursday night. Nine members of the Stearns County Pachanga Society take the stage, the Latin music starts and immediately the dance floor is full.

"Downtown St. Cloud Sets Stage for Live Music"

Excerpt from a St. Cloud Times story by Marty Sundval published Thursday, Aug. 15, 2002.

The stage area is packed to the walls on this particular Thursday night. A hint of incense wafts from a side table near the stage as the Stearns County Pachanga Society, a throw-together group of musicians, lays down a Latin-laced tribal groove.

Dancers in front jump and twirl to the beat, stirring the room’s energy. Others along the side and back keep rhythm with drums and various shakers. The whole room feels the groove and few, if any, can sit still.

"New group brings world beats to St. Cloud"

Story by Dana Drazenovich in the St. Cloud Times published Thursday, July 11, 2002.

Starting tonight, Tavern on Germain will be rocking to a different beat on Thursdays.

Put on your dancing duds and head downtown. The Stearns County Pachanga Society, a group of musicians taking a fun and somewhat loose approach to playing what rhythm guitarist Mike Hasbrouck calls "Afro-Caribbean music with a Stearns County twist" – if you can imagine such a thing – takes the Tav’s Thursday night slot through Aug. 15.