Ruido Fest 2017 Brings the Chingona Fire
If you’re like us, you’re also sick of music festivals that throw you the same macho lineups year-after-year. Which is why we make sure to fill our lineup with some of the baddest chingonas making noise in Latin America who prove to us daily that the idea of music as a boys club is beyond over.
This summer, you’ll hear the rockabilly-infused boleros of Mon Laferte that has everyone from audiences at Vive Latino to the Recording Academy swooning. We’ll witness Javiera Mena’s incredible dance floor pop manifest on our stage (which we hear includes light sabers), which has had Chile on its feet for upwards of a decade. We’ll get to experience the hypnotic-tropical dance grooves of Bomba Estereo that have even managed to get Will Smith dancing.
On the Ruido Fest stages, and billowing across the grounds, you’ll find the sounds of Chulita Vinyl Club, the self-described ‘all-women all-vinyl club for self-identifying women of color in the context of providing a space for empowerment and togetherness.’ With every record, the collective shuts down the notion that men are gatekeepers, and has also created a space where learning how to spin is welcomed, rather than intimidating.
You’ll surely want to turn the volume up when you stumble across Los Nastys, whose drummer, Luli, is nothing short of a badass who carries the beat to which you’ll be dancing to. You won’t get far without that sound of Pedrina, of the Colombian pop duo Pedrina y Rio, turning your head– her voice reaching registers you can’t imagine, eye-catching get-ups, and infectious melodies will stay stuck in your head for days following the fest. And, of course, there’s Buscabulla, the experimental pop band from Puerto Rico (via NYC) who were named one of Rolling Stone’s ‘artists you need to know’ this year. Their show is hypnotic, lead singer Raquel’s vocals are like lullabies you can dance to, and everything about their sound is powerful.