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Caricaco Music Festival is Now an Addiction

by Emiliana García
photos Adam Dietrich

It’s evident that practice makes perfect, because in its fourth edition, the Caricaco Music Festival earned applause, cheers and hours of dancing from the more than 700 fans that attended the event on Saturday, March 10th. The words most often heard, or rather chanted, were “more… we want more.”

Aside from excellent organization and a variety of food, the lineup of bands flowed perfectly, starting with local Christy Massey, who played soft acoustic songs, followed by the best known DJ in the area, Mr. Paul D’acosta. While enjoying the exquisite sunset from Hotel Tierra Magnifica, no one could be better than the Costa Rican singer-writer Daniel Patiño Quintana with his ukulele playing hits and also original music. 

Zopilot heated up the night, offering a very good concert of “unexpected” instrumental rock music. Next up was the band “Incus” from the United States, a surprise for those present since it wasn’t announced that they would play in Caricaco. Their music is of gypsy origin but with musical touches from all over the world, something new for this festival.

Members of the band Sonambulo perform, they were the headlining act.
Two couples relax and cuddle under a projection playing random light.

The punk-ska group “Calle” (Street) shook up the crowd with vocalist Alejandro Gutierrez, better known as “Doctor Alejandro.” Gutierrez is the musical organizer of Caricaco, but he also works as a doctor in Nosara. The “doctor” greeted those present, presented the members of the band and took the opportunity to welcome “all my patients.”

Alejandro Gutierrez sings with band Calle. In addition to singing in a ska band he is also a doctor in the region.

The people lit up, jumped and sang until they were almost hoarse. A few sexy female acrobats accompanied them, dancing with fire and turning sensually within a suspended hoop. 
Later the vibration of the night was toned down a notch and the air filled with excellent funk music with “Cocofunka,” who are now known by the locals because of having performed in two of the four Caricaco festivals.  Oddly, after finishing their show, they didn’t want to play “one more” as the people requested of them. 

But this didn’t matter afterward, because the “Pink Floyd” of tropical music arrived: Sonambulo Psicotropical (Psycotropical Sleepwalker). Some would say that it’s an exaggeration to compare the English mystics of the famous band Pink Floyd to this young Costa Rican band, but the work of the 11 members of Sonambulo is unique, impeccable, catchy and unforgettable, even for those that don’t like tropical rhythms. 

It’s obvious that these fellows live for their music, and in addition they have the gift of knowing how to engross the public so they enter a psycho-trance, without electronic machines or famous DJ’s. With just their instruments, rhythm and two singers, they manage to hypnotize people to the point that, playing at one in the morning, hundreds continued dancing.
This time, Caricaco achieved what many other music festivals don’t: that both the bands and the audience asked for more. Now we just have to wait until 2013 to once again satisfy the new Caricaco addiction.

There was a screen projecting random light patterns above a couch.
A fan sings along during a performance by Calle.

Sustainable Caricaco

Not everything is music in Caricaco. The Nosara Recycling Association and the production of Caricaco worked together on a plan to reduce the waste produced on an event of this magnitude. Caricaco bought biodegradable plates, cups and forks. Upon entering the festival, people received one single biodegradable cup that they were to hold onto during the entire event.  If they lost it, they would have to pay 1000 colones ($2) to buy another!  It was common to see many of those present not letting go of their cup signed with their name so that someone else wouldn’t steal it.


The crowd watches a band perform while it is also broadcast on the side of the hotel building.


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Astrology VON March 2012

Aries: Financial productivity is likely; this is the perfect time to tackle any project that you have been putting off. Disruptions and delays could be par for the course. Dot your I’s and cross your T’s to insure that everything comes off without a hitch. Use this time to review any plans for the future.

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