San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Mexico's Café Tacvba alights in Costa Rica

One of Latin America´s longest running and most dynamic rock bands, Café Tacvba is making a pit stop in San José this weekend, on tour for their latest album, SINO.

The Mexico City quartet known for its eclectic, folkloric and rarely traditional sound met with members of the press on Thursday to discuss their return to Costa Rica and their upcoming plans to celebrate their 20-year-anniversary later this year with a world tour, a documentary and even a book.

Rubén Albarrán, lead singer, explained that, although the business of selling music has changed during the last 20 years, the group´s relationship to music has not changed one bit.

“The situation affecting record labels has changed a great deal because of the introduction of the new technologies and piracy,” said the pigtailed, flip-flop-clad Albarrán. “But in reality, music does not change. Our relationship with music has not changed; it continues to be intact.”

The critically acclaimed Café Tacvba (proncounced tah-KU-bah – the “v” is a stylistic spelling), which has sold millions of albums worldwide and won numerous Latin MTV awards and Latin Grammy awards, is famous for fusing different genres, beats and sounds in their music.

“The group was born from an experiment … from an anxiety to find something that we had not heard before … that did not exist,” said Emmanuel del Real, one of the group´s guitarists and sometimes keyboardist and vocalist. “From that point on, we have always done the same thing with different results.”

Café Tacvba will wow audiences this Saturday at the Autódromo La Guácima in Alajuela starting at 7 p.m., with doors opening around 2 p.m. Costa Rican rock bands Parque en el Espacio and Evolución will be the opening acts.

Tickets costing ¢10,000, ¢15,000 and ¢25,000 are still being sold at As of Wednesday afternoon, about 1,700 had been sold for the event. The venue can hold around 20,000 people, said promoter Alvaro Estrada.

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