If you happen to be in Tijuana this weekend and find yourself caught in a crowd of young people converging towards the sound of very loud guitars then you probably have stumbled upon RevNMov, a production of Revolucion en Movimiento, which takes place on Tijuana’s tourist strip of Avenida Revolucion June 27 with groups from Mexicali, Tijuana and Ensenada. The border region’s alternative music scene puts another face to the complex tapestry of Tijuana. It gets going at 2 p.m. with Indie, Rock and Electronic music – and it’s free.
Get a taste for some of the groups here:
Astro de Rumba on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRc9lKkgz7w
Antemortem on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtKbVlGhcOk
This is information for a Tijuana event tonight (Friday) ..a reader sent it to me a few weeks ago. So here are details that I quote from the accompanying message:
“We are a new company called White Wolf Production dedicated specially to entertain the people from Tijuana.We are writting to inform you about an event that we’re throwing on February 13th 0f 2009 at El Foro located in Downtown of Tijuana in Ave. Revolucion between 8th and 7th street. The doors open at 8 o’clock with the band called Roxanna, followed by the famous pop songwritter Chris Syler (from Miami), followed by the LA group “Adiosmercedez”, and for last but not least the singer and actress Ximena Sariñana. Also there’s going to be an afterparty in Box underground at the same place. The concert is for (people of) all ages.
The prices of the tickets are in pesos on the left side (an approximation in dlls on the right side):
$200 General 14.54 dlls.
$250 Ground 18.18 dlls.
$300 enumerated 21.82 dlls.
$400 VIP 29.10 dlls…The tickets are now available in El Foro”
During the Spring rains this year, Tijuana underwent a metamorphosis. The city turned green. A brilliant, emerald shade of green. The normally dusty and dry hillsides sprang to life with new sprouts of grass and flowers. I hadn’t seen this in my seven years working in Tijuana and it made me feel joyous for the few weeks it lasted.
Lack of foliage has always been an issue here, and many residents have resigned themselves to the dust that coats cars and that finds its way inside homes. Now the Tijuana newspaper Frontera reports that the Mexican federal government is providing 3,000 trees to be planted in about a dozen points in this border city. Some of the areas mentioned include Avenida Revolucion, the road near the airport, and Paseo de los Heroes. The article mentions that the state’s goal is to plant 30,000 trees in the entire state.
It will be interesting to see where those trees end up taking root and how the government balances aesthetics with need. Additional trees in places like Avenida Revolucion will make tourist areas more pleasant for visitors, maybe even bring in more business, but the parts of the city that probably need trees the most are in the poorest colonias where shady areas are scarce and where few tourists go.
stock photo from freefoto.com