Ruido Fest Brings Diverse Latin American Music To Chicago [Gallery/Review]

first_imgLoad remaining images It’s not too often that you can go to a festival and see bands from all over Latin America but that is exactly what Ruido Fest successfully achieved. In fact, you might as well call it Noise Fest because ruido means noise in Spanish. But this was all good noise. Bringing in bands from Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, the United States, Spain, and more, Ruido Fest is the USA’s first and only Alternative Latin music festival. Held in Addams/Medill Park on Chicago’s South Side over the July 8-10 weekend, fans of music that attended were treated to a very fun experience.So what exactly is an alternative Latin music festival? The answer is as diverse as the Spanish-speaking parts of the world are. The first group I caught on Friday was Miranda!, an electropop group from Argentina. Featuring both male and female lead singers, this group played a fun set that was pleasing to the ears. If you have ever been to a discoteca somewhere in Latin America, you have probably heard one of their songs like Perfecta or Don! Next for the day was Gondwana, a reggae-ska band from Chile. Before even hearing their music, the most noticeable thing about them is their singer, specifically his hair. He has dreads, which isn’t too uncommon, but his dreads are super long. How long? They reach below his knees. Some would say it would have taken years to grow them that long but I would say decades. Gondwana sounded really good, their reggae rhythms pulsating throughout the park. They played tunes that the crowd enjoyed, but nothing was as good as the song they closed the set with- Bob Marley’s Could You Be Loved. It was an awesome rendition. After the reggae band was Carla Morrision, an indiepop singer whose soulful ballads aroused plenty of cheer from the crowd. Her music was slower and gentler than anything previous, but it was a nice touch. On one of the smaller stages was DJ Silverio. His electronic music produced was good but not nearly as exceptional as his character. Sporting long hair, a mustache, and only red underwear, the facial expressions the guy made were priceless. The culmination of the night came with the Mexican ska band Pantéon Rococó. Their energy levels were off the charts as they played frenetic song after frenetic song, seemingly topping each previous tune. They were fun and certainly got the crowd riled up. So in the first day of the alternative Latin music festival, there were electropop, reggae, indiepop, and ska genres, and of course all were mixed with traditional Latin musical styles. It was a very good first day.Saturday kept the party going. The group Estelares was one of the first to perform. They did a great job of producing good ol’ fashioned rock-n-roll. They were wearing t-shirts of bands like The Beatles and The Ramones, so you know where some of their influences came from. Yokozuna followed. A two-piece experimental acid rock band from Mexico, these guys were similar to the Mars Volta. When the guitarist was having technical issues at the beginning of the set, fans were treated to an extended drum solo by a drummer who made sure to entertain with his beats and his facial contortions. Jenny and the Mexicats were perhaps the most eclectic of the bands, as they had nationals from Mexico, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Each respective place of origin and subsequent musical upbringing molded their own sound into a fantastic hybrid of all sorts of genres. My personal favorites, Los Cafres, brought their reggae/ska tunes to the festival. Playing their hits such as “Si El Amor Se Cae,” “No Puedo Sacarte de mi Mente,” and “Tus Ojos,” their set couldn’t be enjoyed anymore. Natalia Lafourcade wielded an especially melodic acoustic guitar, and coupled with her beautiful voice she serenaded the crowds without interruption. Saturday night closed out with the Mexican ska band Maldita Vecindad. The first thing that could be noticed was the large quantity of liquid that went flying in the air. It didn’t matter if it was beer, water, soda, or anything else; if it could be thrown, it was. If you weren’t careful, an elbow could strike your person. Mosh pits abounded during each and every song. Musically they were a ton of fun, and they certainly knew how to get the crowd energized.Sunday featured more top notch Latin acts such as Marineros, La Santa Cecilia, Los Pericos, Aterciopelados, and Los Fabulosos Cadillacs. Besides the music though, over the course of the three days there were plenty of fun things to get involved in. There was a wrestling ring that you could hop in if you felt the need to slam someone and there were some cool art installations if you were feeling particularly creative. And if you were hungry, there were plenty of Latin vendors that could serve up food from any of the Latin cultures. In sum, Ruido Fest was a super fun time. Even if you don’t know much Spanish besides “hola” and “cerveza” you could still easily enjoy the music, ambiance, and atmosphere of the festival. Hopefully this is one that sticks around for a long, long time.************************************************A todo el mundo le encanta los festivales de música como Lollapalooza, Cochella, y Bonnaroo. Y todos son muy divertidos, pero ¿qué onda con la música latina? ¿Cuándo podemos disfrutar de nuestros grupos favoritos de latinoamerica? Ya por fin tenemos respuesta. Por un fin de semana en Chicago, un montón de grupos que son originarios de EEUU, México, Chile, Colombia, Argentina, y de más lugares llegaron a Addams/Medill Park para rockear como nunca antes. Se llama Ruido Fest, y fué un super éxito como festival de música latina alternativa.Entonces el festival se llevó a cabo por tres días en julio, del 8 hasta el 10. El viernes fue el primer día. Llegando a Addams/Medill Park, con la música subiendo de volumen con cada paso, me di cuenta de que yo estuve donde tuve que estar. Entrando inmediatamente fui a escuchar Miranda!, un grupo electropop de Argentina, tocaba hits como Déjame, Perfecta, y Don! La verdad yo no sabía nada de Miranda! antes de este día pero yo reconocí muchas de sus rolas, algo que confirma que Miranda! es un grupo con muchos éxitos. Fue un SET muy divertido. Después de Miranda! fui corriendo a otro escenario para escuchar los ritmos de reggae de Gondwana. Un grupo de Chile, esta banda si reconozco toda sus rolas. Tocaba Felicidad, Tan Dulce Es Tu Amor, y Sentimiento Original. El cantante puede cantar muy bien, y también me distraje con sus dreadlocks. O sea llegan hasta las rodillas! Y uno de los mejores momentos del festival pasó cuando Gondwana cerró su set con una rendición perfecta de Could You Be Loved por Bob Marley. El grupo hizo justicia a la clásica canción de Marley. De reggae a indiepop, Carla Morrison siguió con la música. Ella sabe tocar la guitarra y si sabe cantaar muy bien. Y claro que si sabe mover la cadera! El DJ Silverio era un visto raramente visto. O sea su música electrónica es divertida, pero su persona es algo de pelos! Solo tenía puesto un tanga roja, y las caras que hizo era chistosas. La noche de viernes terminó con Pantéon Rococó, un grupo de ska que viene de Mexico. No hay ninguna manera de explicar su set aparte de que ¡estaba lleno de energía! Con un mosh pit en acción, el grupo tocaba canción tras canción que excitaba cada vez más a los fans. Me encantó muchísimo como el grupo anadió temas como Los Simpson y Rocky al final de sus rolas. Pantéon Rococó llamó la atención a muchos asuntos políticos, llamando a muchas personas “¡CULEROS!” Aunque algunos se quejan que el grupo no tocó su mejor hit La Carencia, yo me divertí y no tengo ninguna queja de su música.Él sábado empezó más temprano a la una, regalando a los fans aun más tiempo para disfrutar de la música. El grupo Estelares compartía su version de rock en el Coors Stage. Tenían puesto camisas de grupos legendarios como Los Beatles y los Ramones, asi que no hay ninguna duda de quienes son los grupos que influyeron su música. Estelares cerró su set con una canción que se llama Un Día Perfecto, y fue muy adecuado con el sol brillando y una chela bien fria en la mano. El próximo grupo del día era Yokozuna. Este grupo lo conforman dos hermanos, uno que toca guitarra y otro la batería. El guitarrista tenía problemas con su amplificador, asi que su set empezó con un drum solo bien largo. Era muy entretenido ver las caras del baterista. Cuando ya sirvió el amplificador y el guitarista podia añadir su parte, los sonidos semejantes a Mars Volta les hicieron a los fans sonreir. Jenny and the Mexicats fueron los próximos. Un grupo muy difícil de categorizar, tocaba su música que solo se puede describir como una mezcla de folk, flamenco, indie, y cumbia. Y eso tiene sentido ya que los miembros del grupo vienen de diferentes sitios como España, México, y el Reino Unido. Jenny, la cantante y trompetista del grupo, si sabe como emocionar a las multitudes. Ayuda que es guapísma. Si acaso lees esto Jenny, te saldrías conmigo una noche?!? Otro grupo del día fue Sexy Zebras, un grupo más duro y oscuro. Suena a los Shins, y es un grupo muy entretenido. La verdad, en este momento del día el grupo que mas quería ver yo estaba a punto de tocar. Ya llevo años esperando verlos en vivo. Una década, y ya era hora de Los Cafres. Un grupo reggae de Argentina, tienen tantos éxitos que no se puede nombrar todos. Y no decepcionó para nada. En mi opinión su hora de música era lo mejor! Empezando su set con la rola Es La Música, los músicos salieron el escenario primero, despues salió el cantante cuando comenzó la letra de la canción. Es la música lo que genera la vida, estoy de acuerdo. Siguió con hits como Imposible, Dale, y Momento. Todo el mundo ayudó en cantar No Puedo Sacarte de mi Mente. Otro gran momento fue cuando tocó Tus Ojos porque no hubo ni un solo cuerpo que no se movía al ritmo. Con la rola de Si El Amor Se Cae, casi estaba a punto de llorar porqe era tan bonito. Cerró su set con Receta y la gran sonrisa que tenía en la cara solo creció aun más grande. Con mi grupo favorito acabando, me quedé para ver Natalia Lafourcade. Ella es muy linda y produce canciónes que relajan al corazón. El último acto del día, Maldita Vecindad, trajo mucha energía al festival. El grupo ska de México no paraba de tocar rolas que pusieron a la gente a bailar. Aparte, no se podia mantener seco porque la gente tiraba agua, cerveza, y todo tipo de liquid en el aire para demonstrar el amor para el grupo. Maldita Vecindad no es un grupo que quieres perderte. Al final, fue un sabadazo de música.Desafortunadamente no pude llegar el domingo, pero es seguro que era otro día super genial con grupos como Marineros, La Santa Cecilia, Odiseo, Aterciopelados, Los Pericos, y los Fabulosos Cadillacs.En fin es obvio que la música fue lo mejor, pero había otras cosas chidas para entretenerte. Había lucha libre, incluso ¡tu te podías subir para luchar! Había comida muy rica de restaurants de Chicago, y había muchos patrocinadores que regalaron actividades divertidas a la gente. Entonces Ruido Fest fue un super éxito. Lo único que sé es que no lo voy a perderlo el próximo verano. Si te late buena música latina, tú tampoco te lo perderás. ¡Gracias Ruido Fest para un fin de semana inolvidable!Photos by Ojeda Photography.last_img read more

Enhancing Public Safety and Security with AI

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