A six-day festival starting this Sunday, February 5, is all set to rock Valparaíso.
Now in its 8th year, Rockódromo takes a wide range of artists from all over the country on a tour of the port city, from its colorful rolling hills to its historic plano (flat) district and even out onto the Pacific Ocean itself.
The festival is considered the most important of Chilean rock in the country, and one of the biggest cultural events of the year for a city that is already spoilt for choice when it comes to music.
And for all the struggling artists, English teachers, university students and budget travelers in Chile, don’t worry – it’s free.
The opening performance, the Noche en los Balcones (“Night in the Balconies”), is set for 8:45 pm on Sunday. To be held in Plaza Aníbal Pinto, the night will be characterized by a “family atmosphere” in which three singer-songwriters will serenade the audience from a balcony above the plaza.
The first performer of the night will be Valdivian Camilo Eque, who – at only 19 years of age – has already announced his arrival onto the national scene, toured the country and released an album.
Next to go will be the irreverent Florcita Motuda – who has declared his enthusiasm to test the limits of what can be done on the balcony’s intimate space – and cult musician/poet Mauricio Redolés, from Barrio Yungay, Santiago.
The festival will continue throughout the week with the Gira por los Cerros (tour of the hills) by folk group La Chinganera who mix traditional cueca music with that of the indigenous Mapuche people, with an added splash of surf rock and jazz.
On Tuesday they will perform at the Mirador Barón Víctor Acosta, a viewpoint on Cerro Barón; on Wednesday at the Club Deportivo Arturo Prat on Cerro Alegre; and finally at Población Obrera de la Union – a beautiful historic building that has been converted into a performance center – on Cerro Cordillera, Thursday. Each of the performances will be at 8:30 pm.
This festival culminates with its two most rockin’ out days on Friday and Saturday at the Muelle Barón pier, with doors opening at 3 pm and 4 pm respectively.
Friday will feature reggae legends Gondwana, who have recently refreshed their line-up with a new young singer, MC Jona, grounding breaking 60s rock group Los Blue Splendor and hot new things Jerónimo, who released their first album last year.
Astro, Rock Balance, Melodrama Social, La Patogallina Saunmachin, Funk Amasado, Altazores, Legua York, Chocloneta and Ana Tijoux will perform on the same day.
On Saturday, stoner-rockers Máquina Verde, alt-rock idols Eczema and Camila Moreno will perform alongside Electrodomésticos, La Bandalismo, Lisérgico, Fulano, Lucybell and Orquesta de Trompes.