Ruido Fest in Chicago Attracts Close to 25,000 in Inaugural Year

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Zoé performed an energetic set at the debut of Ruido Fest. (Michel Pompa/LOL-LA)

Zoé performed an energetic set at the debut of Ruido Fest. (Michel Pompa/LOL-LA)

A three-day, multi-stage Ruido Fest from July 10 through 12 was great for its first year. The area it encompassed was the right size, as it was not difficult to get around – easy access to everything. That and the stacked line up of Latin alternative music acts made it enlightening, energetic, fun, exciting and, most importantly, original.

Ruido Fest featured performances by already legendary rock group Café Tacvba, Zoé, Molotov, Kinky, Ozomatli, Compass: Mexican Institute of Sound + Toy Selectah, Zero Kill, Kali Uchis, Estelares, Silverio, Porter, Enjambre, Nortec Collective featuring Hiperboreal, AJ Davila y Terror Amor, Master Blaster Sound System, María y Jose, Natalia Clavier and Siddhartha. But it also included Astro, Mexican Dubweiser, Jessy Bulbo, La Vida Boheme, Sonido Gallo Negro, Los Aguas Aguas, Pastilla, María Daniela y Su Sonido Lasser, Descartes a Kant, Cardiel, Los Rakas, Rey Pila, Denver, Banda de Turistas, Triángulo de Amor Bizarro, Ceci Bastida, Hurakan, Esso! Afro Jam Funk Beat and Los Románticos de Zacatecas.

All in all, the crowd was good. It seemed as if everyone knew each other since I noticed everyone pretty much getting along and having a good time. The energy of the fans was highest during Café Tacvba (second to Zoé) although the second day (Saturday) had more people than on Friday. But Sunday received lots of people, too.

On Friday, Zoé had the most energy and played all the classics that made them who they are. On Saturday, Ozomatli dominated the stage, as they had great energy and interacted with the crowd. On closing day, Café Tacvba without doubt (Kinky was a close second though.) came out and took over the stage in their original fashion. Those guys are insanely entertaining on stage!

Denver was one of those bands I didn’t expect to be good. They had a great sound (similar to Belanova) but not as girly. Banda de Turistas was the another unexpected surprise, as the band has some great hits. It was good music even though it was a bit early when they played.

The fact that it cost $99 for a three-day pass made this festival the more worthwhile. Not only did it produce a great vibe, respectable lineup and lots of varieties of drinks and food, but the cost to get in was rather reasonable.

The only minor negative of the festival was its security, as they didn’t pat down anyone (I saw lots of people with bottles that didn’t belong.), but whatever. As of now, we all hope Ruido Fest comes back next year. It did very well based on what we witnessed.

Daniel Garcia is a Staff Reporter for Living Out Loud - LA, covering arts and entertainment
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