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Panteón Rococó Closes Chicago's Ruido Fest Day 1 With Call for Justice, Solidarity

Luis Roman Ibarra of Panteon Rococo
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Luis Roman Ibarra of Panteon Rococo performs on day 3 at the Southside Festival 2014 on June 22, 2014 in Neuhausen, Germany. 

The crowd at Chicago's Ruido Fest Friday night was more than ready to make some ruido (noise) at the festival with a lineup that included old school ska band Panteón Rococó, up-and-comers Minimal and indie Mexican singer-songwriter Carla Morrison, whose powerful vocals lured in fans mesmerized to watch her perform and who Billboard talked to with before her performance.

"It means a lot to be here. My career is pretty young so it means a lot to be on the same level as bands like Panteón Rococó, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs and La Maldita Vecindad," Morrison told Billboard at the Toyota Música Y Destinos lounge. "I think people who live in the United States really appreciate festivals like these because it's all the traditional music we used to listen to." 

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Up first were opening acts Minimal, Divino Niño, Helado Negro and Mexrrissey, among others, who pumped up the fans with their electrifying and punk rock tunes. Soon Argentine band Miranda! brought the energy up, rocking the stage with oldies like "Perfecta," "Don" and "Yo te diré," while Mexican DJ Silverio drove fans crazy with his performance that included running around the stage in a wig wearing nothing but red underwear while insulting and throwing beer at the crowd. (As weird as that sounds, he is a crowd favorite.)

But festival goers weren't just there to enjoy a fun night full of music, they also had a political agenda. They held banners and signs pleading for justice in Mexico, specifically in Oaxaca and Guerrero, where violence towards teachers and students has tainted the Mexican pueblos, the ruidososos stood in solidarity with the Mexican people. 

Onstage headlining ska band, Panteón Rococó, known for being outspoken and not shying away from political issues, used the spotlight to criticize the Mexican president, Enrique Peña Nieto, and his corrupt government. During their presentation, the faces of the 43 disappeared students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero appeared on the screen with lead singer saying "they took them alive, and we want them back alive." 

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Lead singer, Dr. Shenka, then told the crowd, "raise your voice and hold up your head up high. We must stay united!" Rococó closed the night with a setlist that included hit songs like "La dosis perfecta," "Acabame de matar," "Estrella roja," "Que pasará?," "Cumbia del olvido" and "La rubia y el demonio." 

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