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10 reasons to check out the first-ever Coca Cola Fest

The National Stadium will fill with music on Aug. 27: t from 2:00 P.M. until 10:00 P.M., the first Coca-Cola Fest will offer a diverse musical lineup of both national and international artists. Besides the music, games and plenty of food will also be part of the festival, produced by the Flevent company. A bonus: Soccer players from Liga Deportiva Alajuelense, Club Sport Herediano, Club Sport Cartaginés and the Municipal Pérez Zeledón will be at the event signing autographs.

Deciding whether to line up a ticket? Here is a glimpse of participating bands:

Los Fabulosos Cadillacs

The Argentinian band is the most hotly anticipated guest of the festival. Los Fabulosos Cadillacs began their musical journey in 1985 by exploring distinct genres such as ska, reggae, and rock. With more than 10 different albums, the band won a Grammy award in 1998 for the Best Latin Album, “Fabulosos Calavera.” For their show here in Costa Rica, the group will be playing songs from their newly released album “La Salvación de Solo y Juan” along with beloved earlier songs such as “El Matador” and “Mal Bicho.

La Milixia

La Milixia is a Costa Rican band that was created in 2006; they mix ska, punk, and reggae, along with a mission to create social consciousness. In 2011 they released their first album, “Ska, calle y memoria,” which won the ACAM award for best musical composition and authorship. In 2014 they released their second album, “Rabia y sentimiento.”

Gandhi

Gandhi is a renowned Costa Rican rock band formed in 1993. They released their debut album, “En el Jardín del Corazón” in 1997, followed by “Páginas Perdidas” (1999), “BIOS” (2002), “Ciclos” (2004), “Arigato No!” (2009), and “Universo Asimétrico” (2015).

Patterns

Patterns is another Costa Rican band created in 2013 by Estefani Brolo, Luigi Jiménez, and Mario Miranda. Patterns seeks to create a “tropical disco” by experimenting the synth pop along with groove, and dance disco. They have released two albums, “Dangerous Intentions” (2013) and “Shout” (2015).

Entrelíneas

Entrelíneas merges energetic pop melodies with a rock twist. The Costa Rican band was created in 2007, and in 2011 they recorded their first EP. Despite its name, their single “Nadie sabe bailar” (“No one knows how to dance”) will leave you dancing.

Cocofunka

Cocofunka’s sound is characterized by the exploration and combination of different genres such as roots, funk, electronica, and rock. The Costa Rican group has released three different albums: “Elevarse” (2013), “Hacer Eco” (2012), and “Chúcaro” (2016). Don’t miss out on a dosage of Cocofunka’s Latin musical fusion.

Mentados

Mentados is a Costa Rican band created in 1998 that merges punk, ska and reggae. Their musical journey began in 1999 when they recorded their first demo and then in 2003 recorded their first album, “Ir caminando.” The group broke up 2009, but reunited in 2015 and are in the process of recording their second album.

Un Rojo Reggae Band

Un Rojo Reggae Band, formed in Costa Rica in 2002, has released three different albums: “Jah is a Rasta” (2007), “En la Calle” (2012), and “Reborn” (2015). With lyrics focused on equality and unity, the band’s current lineup is composed by 11 different musicians.

Ojo de Buey

Ojo de Buey is another Costa Rican band that experiments with reggae: formed in 2007, the band has created a sound that fuses various Latin genres. They have released two albums: “Sabor en un tiempo cruel” (2010) and “Repelente pal dolor” (2013). With “Sabor en un tiempo cruel”, Ojo de Buey won 2011’s ACAM award for best reggae album.

Santos&Zurdo

Santos&Zurdo is a Costa Rican musical project that combines beats, blips, groove and the marvelous distinct sound of a sitar. Formed in 2003, the band they released their first album “Souvenir” in 2005, which won an ACAM award in 2006 for best electronic album. In 2013 they released their second album, “S&Z.”

Tickets to the Coca-Cola Fest are on sale online at www.specialticket.net. If you purchase your tickets at any AMPM and present 5 Coca Cola or Fanta caps that are marked with a special offer, you’ll get a 50% discount on the purchase of your ticket. For more information visit Coca-Cola Fest’s event page.

Contact Elizabeth Lang at elang@ticotimes.net

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