Centroamericanto Fest was founded by Salvadoran singer-songwriter Mauricio Callejas and it is put together every year with the help of Teresita Ramos as co-chair and by a group of enthusiast volunteers who strive to represent the values and traditions of Central American culture with dignity and professionalism. The festival started as a natural extension of a Central American music portal "centroamericanto.net" which was published by Mauricio back in 2003. "Centroamericanto.net" was offered web presence to hundreds of musicians from Central America and helped promoting their work on a Pre-Facebook world.
During the first years of this venture, connections were made between artists from different countries and different music influences. The portal received material from established artists and upcoming singers and bands. The first attempt of a jointed appareance happened in El Salvador in 2005 at "La Luna Casa y Arte". It was not promoted as a festival, but looking back it was the first Centroamericanto Fest. Some of the acts that performed that night include the legendary Yolocamba I Ta, Los de A Pie, Grupo Trova and Esteban Monge from Costa Rica.
Since 2012 the festival has been awarded with the Cultural Contracts of the City of Austin and has held events at different public spaces in Austin like the Hillside Theater of the Zilker Park, the Daugherty Arts Center, Plaza Saltillo, the ESB Mexican American Cultural Center and private venues like the Cactus Cafe and the Scottish Rite Theater. This project could not be possible without the support of the local community, the City of Austin, local organizations like La Peña, Alianza Cultural Latinoamericana, volunteers from different countries and cultures that believe in our mission of spreading the good news that come from Central America in the way of authentic art expressions.