Meet the Chilean bands set to rock the stage in Lollapalooza 2012

This year’s Chilean edition of the music festival includes a potent selection of Chilean artists on all six stages in Parque O’Higgins, Santiago, this March 31 and April 1.

Los Jaivas
If you don’t know Los Jaivas, you simply don’t know Chilean rock. One of the founders of the genre, the group started in Viña del Mar in 1964 under the name The High & Bass, which soon became a victim of the Chilean penchant for sound-alike slang, transforming into the Spanish word for crabs, jaivas (“hi-bas”), a famous food along the Chilean coastline.

During the 60s and 70s, the band developed a unique and incomparable sound which mixed classic and progressive rock with folkloric Latin American and Andean influences. Even when the group lost two of its founding members – drummer Gabriel Parra, who died in 1988, and frontman Eduardo “Gato” Alquinta, who died in 2003 – they continued playing, with Gabriel and Eduardo’s heirs taking their places in the lineup.

Their album Alturas de Machu Picchu (1981), which set Pablo Neruda’s epic poem “Canto General” to music, was chosen by Rolling Stone as the second best Chilean album of all time. Other well-known albums include Los Jaivas (1970), Canción del sur (1977) and Obras de Violeta Parra (1984), a tribute to the influential Chilean singer. They will take the stage on Saturday March 31 at 5.30pm on the Coca Cola Stage – a must-see event for anyone who has never heard them live.

Los Tetas
Los Tetas are synonymous with funk in Chile, bringing groove to Chilean venues throughout the 90s. Their two first albums were real gems: Mama Funk (1995) and La Medicina (1998), where they mixed funk roots with the rap of Camilo Castaldi (Tea Time). Unfortunately for their fans, the group split in 2004, but recently got back together in 2011. Lollapalooza will be the perfect chance to reacquaint yourself with their music, at 4pm on the Alternative Stage on March 31.

Electrodomésticos
One of the most enigmatic Chilean bands of the 1980s, Electrodomésticos were one of the first in the country to experiment with electronic music. Their debut album ¡Viva Chile! (1986) marked a milestone in Chilean music, mixing progressive rock and British new-wave with recordings from the street and samplers. Catch them on Saturday March 31 on the Alternative Stage at 5.30pm.

BBS Paranoicos
During the 1990s, BBS Paranoicos staked their claim to being one of Chile’s great punk rock bands. They differentiated themselves from the Chilean protest punk of the Pinochet Boys and the Fiskales Ad-Hok with a more melodic sound influenced by American punk. In the 90s they released what would be their most popular albums: Fábricas Mágicas… Lápidas Tétricas (1995) and Hardcore Para Señoritas (1999). They are performing on the Claro-LG Stage on April 1 at 12 noon.

Camila Moreno
Camila is one of the freshest new voices in Chilean pop. Along with artists like Chinoy, Nano Stern and Manuel García, she represents a new generation of Chilean singers with deep roots in Chilean folk. Though she has only released two albums - Almismotiempo (2009) and Opmeitomsimla (2010) – her intense voice and socially-charged lyrics have won her a prominent place in the local scene. She will be on the Coca Cola Stage on Sunday April 1 at 12.45pm.

Juana Fe
This year, rhythm and flavor comes to Lollapalooza courtesy of Juana Fe. Since they formed in 2004, their music has blended popular Latin American rhythms like salsa and cumbia with ska and rumba, gaining them a special place in the “New Chilean Cumbia” alongside bands like Chico Trujillo and La Mano Ajena. Their lyrics reflect daily life on the streets of Chile, such as in their hit song “Callejero,” about the street vendors of Santiago. They perform on the Alternative Stage at 1.30pm on Sunday April 1.

Álex Anwandter
One of the best representatives of Chile’s prolific pop scene. After finding success with his band Teleradio Donoso, Álex Anwandter made his solo debut in 2010 with the album odiSEA. Less rock and more electronic than his earlier band, but keeping the indie vibe, Anwandter promises to get even the shyest festival-goers dancing with his latest album Rebeldes (2011). He will take the stage early at 12.15pm on Sunday April 1 on the Alternative Stage.

Pedropiedra
You may have heard of Pedropiedra (Pedro Subercaseaux) from Sebastián Silva’s hit film The Nanny, for which Pedropiedra composed the theme song “Ayayayay.” But Pedro had already been a successful producer and songwriter for various bands, such as CHC, Tropiflaite and Yaia. He debuted as a solo artist with the self-titled Pedropiedra (2009) and in 2011 released his second album, Cripta y Vida. His music is a mosaic of electro-pop sounds, where almost everything – voices, keyboards, background, bass – comes together. He plays on the Claro-LG stage on Saturday at 12.15pm.

Fernando Milagros
Fernando Milagros is one of the new, up-and-coming names in Chilean folk-pop music. In 2006, he left the band María Milagros and recorded a new album in his backyard (in fact, the album is called, Vacaciones en el patio de mi casa - “Vacations in the backyard of my house”), with the help of an acoustic guitar and a few household objects. The result is an urban-folk sound, which reached the ears of French director Vincent Moon, who ended up shooting a video of Fernando in Valparaíso during the series Take-Away Shows (where bands like R.E.M., Bon Iver, Arcade Fire and Phoenix have also appeared). Since then, he has released two more albums: Por su atención gracias (2009) and San Sebastián (2011). He plays on Sunday April 1 at 6pm on the Huntcha Stage.

Adrianigual
Take a stroll through downtown Santiago and you’ll be sure to find posters for Adrianigual, one of the city’s newest indie bands with the most concerts under their belts. Since 2004, the group has pumped out dance-pop music with bass guitars and 1980’s-style keyboards, along with the occasional acoustic guitar. They’ve already released two albums: Baila baila canta (2007) and Éxito mundial (2011). They go on Perry’s Stage at 1.15pm on Saturday March 31.

31 Minutos
If you’ve never heard of 31 Minutos, just ask any Chilean under the age of 30. This Chilean television show, starring a cast of puppets, became famous throughout Latin America for its tongue-in-cheek humor. One of the most beloved elements of the series is its music, composed by Pablo Ilabaca and Felipe Ilabaca, of the rock group Chancho en Piedra. The duo published three albums with the series: 31 Minutos (2003), 31 canciones de amor y una canción de Guaripolo (2004) and Ratoncitos (2005). They also launched a tribute album in Mexico, called Yo nunca vi televisión (2009), with the collaboration of famous musicians like Café Tacuba, Natalia Lafourcade and Los Bunkers. They play on the Kidzapalooza Stage at 5.45pm on Saturday March 31.

Jiminelson
Jiminelson is one of Chile’s best musical representatives of blues, rock and soul. For eight years, the group has performed their distinctive mix at some of Santiago’s hippest bars. Their electrifying presentations and the potent voice of Gustavo León make them a great performance to hear in Lollapalooza. They have three albums: Yo, Jiminelson (2005), Amor del rey (2008) and Serendipity Vol.1 (2011). Jiminelson plays on Huntcha Stage at 7.30pm on Sunday April 1.

For more information about Lollapalooza Santiago 2012, visit the website: www.lollapaloozacl.com

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