Coachella 2011: Caifanes Reunited And Other Latin Alternative Acts

INDIO, CA - APRIL 17:  Music fans in the audience during day two of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2010 i i

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INDIO, CA - APRIL 17:  Music fans in the audience during day two of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2010

INDIO, CA - APRIL 17: Music fans in the audience during day two of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2010

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Who knew that a sleepy little town in the southern California desert known mostly for a historic farm labor struggle in the '60's would become a trend-setting rock and roll destination?

Grape picking has been replaced by mosh pitting and the line up for the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April has been announced, with quite a few Latin alternative acts scheduled.

The big news: a reunion of rock en español pioneers Caifanes for the fest.

The band broke up in 1995 when guitarist Alejandro Marcovich left the band and the remaining members continued (for legal reasons) under the name Jaguares. But for many fans the true identity of the Caifanes sound was the combination of Marcovich and singer Saul Hernandez.

It's a busy time for Hernandez. He is releasing a solo album in late March and Caifanes is performing two reunion dates, for the dusty multitudes of Coachella and the Festival Vive Latino in Mexico City a week earlier.

Other bands scheduled to perform during the festival in mid-April include Alt.Latino favorites Bomba Estereo, Chilean rockers Los Bunkers, Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Spain's Delorean and One Day As A Lion, a band led by Rage Against The Machine front man Zach de la Rocha.

The Coachella fest started with primarily English-speaking indie rock bands but lately has been adding Latin Alternative acts to its three-day line up, a reflection of the music's crossover appeal and the openness of Coachella audiences.
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Coachella: La Reunión De Caifanes Y Otras Bandas Que Tocarán En El Festival.

Coachella: ¿Quien hubiese pensado que un pueblo perdido en el sur de California, conocido por ser el sitio de luchas históricas por los derechos de los trabajadores agropecuarios en los anos '60, se convertiría en un destino de la música rock?

Hace poco se anunció la cartelera para el Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, y hay varias agrupaciones de música alternativa latina.

El nombre que mas se destaca es Caifanes. Los pioneros del rock en español se reúnen para tocar en el festival. Una semana antes, tocarán en el festival Vive Latino en Ciudad México.

Por razones legales en 1995 Caifanes cambió su nombre a Jaguares, cuando el guitarrista Alejandro Marcovich renunció. Pero para muchos fans, ya no era lo mismo: El autentico sonido de Caifanes consistía en la combinación de Marcovich y el cantante Saul Hernandez.

Hoy en día Hernandez también esta muy ocupado. Además de tocar con Caifanes, en Marzo lanzará un álbum solista.

Otras bandas que tocarán en el festival a mediados de Abril incluyen Bomba Estereo, los rockeros chilenos Los Bunkers, Omar Rodríguez Lopez, la agrupación española Delorean y One Day As A Lion, una banda liderada por Zach de la Rocha (cantante de Rage Against The Machine.)

Coachella comenzó con bandas de indie rock en inglés pero últimamente ha estado agregando agrupaciones de música alternativa latina, reflejando la fluidez de este género.

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