Ruido Fest 2017

(The Gate/ Izaac Guzman)

(The Gate/ Izaac Guzman)

Imagine the reverberation  from the echo of more than 1,000 souls, fans blasting out loud and making you feel goosebumps:  

“Podrás imaginarte desde afuera, 

Ser un mexicano cruzando la frontera 

Pensando en tu familia mientras que pasas 

Dejando todo lo que conoces atrás 

Si tuvieras tú que esquivar las balas…” 

That’s part of the lyrics of Frijolero, a classic song interpreted by the Mexico City rock band, Molotov, who closed the second day of Ruido Fest 2017 at Adams/Medill Park.  

Bomba Estereo lights up the fest with music and performance ( The Gate/Izaac Guzman)

Bomba Estereo lights up the fest with music and performance ( The Gate/Izaac Guzman)

Ruido Fest has become the only Latin alternative music festival in Chicago, the largest of its kind in the United States! 

In the third edition of Ruido Fest, the lineup included bands from all over Latin America and other corners. From Venezuela, Los Amigos Invisibles, Desorden Público; Colombia, Ácido Pantera and Bomba Estéreo; Spain, Los Nastys;  México, Molotov, Titán and Las Víctimas del Dr. Cerebro; Argentina, Las Piñas; Chile, Mon Laferte, Javiera Mena and Alex Anwandter; Puerto Rico, Cultura Profética and Buscabulla; From Detroit, Michigan Jessica Hernández & The Deltas and  of course, our local talents from Chicago, Tritón Soundsystem; and many more.  

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Intocable closes the festival with Norteño music (The Gate/Izaac Guzman)

Surprisingly, this year was the first time Ruido incorporated a Tejano/Norteño band, Intocable. An interesting twist to ending an exhausting and thrilling three days of energetic, and empowering music. Fans from other groups like Molotov, mentioned:  “Esta chido que Intocable toque, porque Intocable toca super chido son unos de los más grandes en la música regional Mexicana.” Others said: “Even though, they’re a different kind of band they’re here to give a great show for the community.”  

It wasn’t only Intocable`s first time being at Ruido Fest, there were many people visiting Chicago for the first time and attending Ruido Fest too. People came all the way from California,  Minneapolis, Texas and many other parts of the United States.  

Karina Saucedo came all the way from  Houston, Texas. She was visiting friends and family which they brought along saying that “it was an event that she couldn’t miss.” Saucedo loved the vibes she was getting from everyone during the festival; her excitement was towards Cultura Profética, Mon Laferte and Bomba Estéreo. “I’m coming all three days”, she added.  

Aside from the music, she was astonished to be in a neighborhood like Pilsen, with all its murals on 16th and 18th Street. “Although I`m from a Hispanic community and have a lot of murals as well yours, here they have a different touch that I can`t explain. I simply love them.”  

Ruido Fest provides people a platform to have an amazing time listening to wonderful music but it also embraces community organizations from all Chicagoland area and entities to participate. 

And while people of all ages hung out at the various stages listening to music, non-profit organizations from around the city were set up in booths to connect with those in attendance. Groups included; Mujeres Latinas En Accion, Las Bookmakers, Pilsen Alliance, Comite de Chicago Justicia para Ayotzinapa , Our Music Our Body, Latino Union Of Chicago, Yollocalli Arts Reach,  Celulosa Graphic Group and much more.  

Latino Union of Chicago at their tent during Ruido Fest (The Gate/Izaac Guzman)

Latino Union of Chicago at their tent during Ruido Fest (The Gate/Izaac Guzman)

Analia Rodriguez, executive director from Latino Union of Chicago thinks of Ruido Fest as a opportunity to engage the community. “We see Ruido Fest as a great opportunity to come and talk about our work from a different group of folks who would normally not seek us or know about our work.” Then she added, “I am sure everyone in their families have or know someone that might be in the construction industry who would be a domestic worker. We’re here to make sure they could come to us for a resource. And I think partnering in places like this really gives us a different type of exposure that we usually wouldn’t get.”  

One of the largest tents was from Las Bookmakers. Their tent garnered attention because of their decorations, all their artwork, t-shirts displayed and live painting by Pinche Alvarito. Besides, they had a lot of Mexican candies,  pan dulce like conchas, orejitas and rosquillas. 

Yollocalli brings the artistic flavor to the fest with engaging coloring pages and live painting. ( The Gate/Izaac Guzman)

Yollocalli brings the artistic flavor to the fest with engaging coloring pages and live painting. ( The Gate/Izaac Guzman)

Youth from Yollocalli, an initiative of the National Museum of Mexican Art were also present. They did live graffiti painting and gave out temporary tattoos for attendants. They had a spinning wheel where a fortune teller that sparked people’s curiosity to know their future; and diluting everyone with their merch such as stickers, pins and their very well known scene Las Leyendas de México.  

Don’t snooze on Ruido Fest 2018! Y para que…“Suene, y suene, y suene tu esqueleto y suene, y suene, y suene al bailar…” just be careful with the people’s stampede running from stage to stage. You might want to work on your reflexes and try some matrix moves.