Celebrate World Music Day In San Jose

100 musical acts will take over various downtown street corners for annual festival
BY: CALEB HOOGLAND

You know Mexicans like to celebrate just about anything, and they have a knack for doing it in a big way. The upcoming World Music Day event in San Jose is no exception. You’re probably picturing a concert with one main stage, another smaller stage and a handful of bands and musicians performing. Nope, wrong!

World Music Day will feature more than 20 stages set up all over downtown San Jose, and 100 different musical acts are expected to take to those stages this year. You won’t be able to take a step without hearing some kind of music. This is the ninth year for the festival, taking place on Saturday, June 17

World Music Day started in France back in the 1980s and is now celebrated in more than 120 different countries. . It was originally supposed to usher in the first day of summer on June 20, and honor the longest day of the year, but that connection seems to have gone by the wayside.

San Jose’s World Music Day celebration started with 14 different music groups and three different stages, and has grown to be the largest annual music event in Los Cabos. Last year, more than 20,000 people attended, a record for the event.

Since this event focuses on music in general, no genre is left out and the result is a blend of any type of music you want to hear. There will be rock, salsa, banda (Mexican music that’s often confused with mariachi), electronic, heavy metal, and even percussion.

This year, the bands performing at the World Music Day festival hail from all over the place. The majority are local, with some travelling from other parts of Mexico. There is even one band coming all the way from Ecuador just to play in this one-day event. (Guess they really needed a gig, huh?) They enlisted the help of sponsors who will help pay for travel expenses.

Because the event takes up almost all of downtown, the local police will be out helping to direct traffic and control the parking situation. Expect some delays if you head that way. We were told the best place to park is on Centenario Street (the wide street behind the plaza).

World Music Day officially kicks off at 6:00 pm and ends at 2:00 am. You don’t have to stay the whole time; just pop in for a while and check out the different styles of music. For a full list of stage locations, musical groups, and other pertinent info, check out the event’s website at www.fiestadelamusicaloscabos.net.