II Festival Internacional Rock del Rio
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This saturday the second take of our very own music festival took place. It is international because it is aimed for all the people who live in the El Paso - Cd. Juarez area. also because there is always one guest band from outside of Mexico. The name Rock del Rio (Rock from the River) is very appropiate because of the zone we live in, and so the slogan for the event is "un rio nos divide, la musica nos une" which means "a river divides us, the music unites us".
The first take of this festival had the performances of Panteon Rococo (top Ska band from Mexico city), Tolidos (from Juarez, I think), Sussie 4, and Babasonicos (from Argentina). This was a good choice because it covered a band from outside of Mexico and also electronic, rock, ska and alternative music. However, this second take had a much better line-up even if not that much people turned up for it.
This second festival had the local band Gruis Spectra as the opening act(at around 6pm), followed by Mexican band Volovan. The third band was from Chile, Lucybell. Then the big names started popping up: Gusana Ciega, which is almost a classic band here in Mexico now, Salon Victoria (From Mexico City, to cover our ska cuota) and Kinky from Monterrey which gave the festival its touch of electronic/rock/northern/whatever music.
The Main acts and crowd dragging bands came on until late at night at around 1 am. Fobia, which is about to celebrate thir 20 years of existence made its performance as the crowd went crazy. The closing act was another well known Mexican band: Molotov who played well until 3 in the morning bringing the music festival to its end.
I certainyl enjoyed this maratonic concert, even if the organization did leave room for improvement. I can only hope that next year the event will continue to grow and bring even bigger bands, and why not start getting some nice publicity over the years so it can become a huge event.