La Tocada Music Festival was a wonderful experience. It was filled with happiness and nostalgia. I got to see bands whom I grew up with like Cafe Tacvba, Molotov, and Panteon Rococo. They immediately transported me to a time when I used to cry over the song "Eres" even though I had not experienced my first heartbreak or the times I had to listen to Molotov in secret because my jefa did not approve of it. Regardless, I know I was not the only one that was having a good time. It was an event for the whole family and there were all kinds of ages present enjoying the same music.
The all-Latino line up was phenomenal. It was like a tennis match. It was one band after the other, as soon as one finished playing the other one started. Fans waited to see their favorite band or (like me) went from one stage to the other! All whilst that was going on, food trucks were all over the L.A Historic Park, merch was being sold, dj's were playing, and cold beer was being served in the designated areas. It was truly a wonderful experience full of many highlights.
Molotov was the first band to begin playing that day and it set the tone right for the rest of the day. Despite the heat, people gathered around and sang classics of theirs like "Frijolero", "Marciano" and "Time The Power".
Jesse and Joy had a wonderful surprise when they brought out Mon Laferte to sing "Ya No Quiero" with them only to be followed by their first hit, "Espacio Sideral". It was all the good vibes needed for that hot afternoon. Meanwhile that was going on, families and friends also gathered around to see the live lucha libre that was going on nearby. It was part of the magic of the festival.
Speaking of magic, Little Jesus brought all the magia to their set. Their music is such a feel-good music that it doesn't matter whether one has not heard them before, it is a great set! This is my third time seeing them and they never disappoint. It's always refreshing to see them.
Another highlight of the day was Mon Laferte and her mind-blowing voice. She dazzled the crowd, mostly singing songs off her hit album, "La Trenza". The chemistry she has with her band and the crows is great. Mon Laferte can bring a feeling and happiness and heartbreak with her music and it's part of why the crowd (including myself) can feel a connection to her and her music.
Porter played a solid set. They played both old songs and songs off their album, "Moctezuma". David Velasco's was undeniably angelic. He brings such a unique energy to Porter and the crowd went nuts as they reminisced and sang along songs like "Host of a Ghost" and "Murcielago". Porter's new album is set to be released this fall, I can only imagine how much better their shows will get with every new concept they bring in.
There is no denying Panteon Roccoco also brought todo el power when it came to their set. As soon as they played their first song, people freaked and started dancing! There was a sea of people jumping up and down to their favorite Panteon songs and it was truly a wonderful sight. It's a remineder of how powerful music is. People all of a sudden dropped what they were doing and took a moment to dance or jump around.
Last but not least, Cafe Tacvuba was the wonderful close needed for a festival like that. Most of the people present either grew up listening to them or have listened to them at some point in their life. They are a house-hold name at this point in their career. It was great to see people turning towards each other and sing along to Cafe Tacvba. It was the right atmosphere to end an amazing day.
There is no doubt that La Tocada was a success and a great event. Whether one traveled to go there or it was a weekend plan, it is something one will cherish for the rest of their lives. Some of my best memories revolve around music and I know I will cherish my memories at this festival.