Breaking Down the Coachella Line-Up, Latino by Latino

Considering the chilly climate currently plaguing the east coast, many of us could use a little California dreaming right about now. We can look forward to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, from April 15–17. Held in the desert, the three-day outdoor concert features over 150 acts, from folk rock newbies like Mumford & Sons to respected songstresses like Ms. Lauryn Hill, plus a dozen or so Latin performers sprinkled throughout. Here’s a mash-up of what to expect each day:

Day 1:

Eighties Mexican rockeros Caifanes reunite for the first time in 15 years. Cultural ambassadors Ozomatli spread their socially conscious songs once more. Colombian-American DJ Erik Morillo provides the beats, while composer and all-around musical prodigy Omar Rodríguez López (The Mars Volta) whips listeners into a frenzy with his mean guitar.

Day 2:

Colombian electro-cumbia band Bomba Estereo pump up the volume (and the heat) with remixes from their new EP Ponte Bomba. Former Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha introduces fans to One Day as a Lion, his latest rap-punk project with The Mars Volta’s Jon Theodore.

Day 3:

Barcelona foursome Delorean hypnotize dancers with their synth-laden record Subiza. Chilean folk rockers Los Bunkers channel The Beatles with their dreamy 60’s-inspired folk rock. Genre-benders Twin Shadows, headed by Dominican-born singer George Lewis Jr., give listeners a taste of their new wave–ish debut album Forget.

For a full line-up, go here. And if you’re wondering how to tackle the whole fest, do like Bomba Estereo’s Simon Mejia: “When I go to big festivals, I try to go to the small stages and see other bands from around the world.”

 

 

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Grace Bastidas, Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York TimesNew York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

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