Jairo Garcia and Karla Vazquez dancing at Ruido Fest Credit: Rick Majewski

This past Friday through Sunday, the fifth annual Ruido Fest brought several generations and even more genres of Latinx music together in Union Park. Not even Sunday’s rain could dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd that turned out for closing headliners Los Tigres del Norte, the most popular norteño band of all time.

Photographer Rick Majewski went to Ruido Fest on Friday and came home with pictures of almost everybody on the bill. The locals playing that day included rockers Pure Remedy, Cuestion de Tiempo, and Los Gold Fires; gothy postpunks Iron Years; Latin-inflected ska and reggae group Malafacha; and Latinx-alternative cumbia band Quinto Imperio. Among the bookings at the Toyota Music Den were Ecuadorian pop artist Kablito and Chicago-born, Guatemalan-bred R&B singer Jesse Baez. The other photos you’ll see are of Argentine rock band La Beriso, Barcelona-based electronic-pop group Dorian, Tijuana singer-songwriter Vanessa Zamora, and of course the night’s headliner, a collaboration by two legacy acts: Spanish pop-rock band Hombres G, founded in 1983, and Argentine rock trio Enanitos Verdes, formed in 1979.   v

Philip Montoro

Philip Montoro has been an editorial employee of the Reader since 1996 and its music editor since 2004. Pieces he has edited have appeared in Da Capo’s annual Best Music Writing anthologies in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. He shared two Lisagor Awards in 2019 for a story on gospel pioneer Lou Della Evans-Reid and another in 2021 for Leor Galil's history of Neo, and he’s also split three national awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia: one for multimedia in 2019 for his work on the TRiiBE collaboration the Block Beat, and two (in 2020 and 2022) for editing the music writing of Reader staffer Leor Galil. Philip has played scrap metal in Lozenge, drummed with the Disasters, the Afflictions, and Brilliant Pebbles, and sung for the White Outs. He wrote the column Beer and Metal from 2012 till 2015, and hopes to do so again one day. You can also follow him on Twitter.