December 11, 2013
Crowds camp out for Indio Solari
MENDOZA — Today’s D-Day for fans of musician Indio Solari, founder and former vocalist of seminal rock band Patricio Rey y sus Redonditos de Ricota.
Staunch fans of El Indio are eagerly waiting for the rocker to perform at the 100,000-capacity Ángel Peña Autodrome in San Martín.
Solari is expected to run a soundcheck in the afternoon.
Solari fan Juan Manuel Ortiz, 23, travelled 19 hours by bus to attend yet another performance of what’s referred to as a misa ricotera by the musicians’ followers.
“I attended my first Solari show in Salta back in 2009, but I knew nothing about Los Redondos and Solari,” Ortiz said. “Once there I simply couldn’t believe it. It’s kind of Nirvana on a different level,” he continued. Two friends of his nodded in agreement. “It’s a religious ceremony,” they said.
If things go as scheduled — and there seems to be no reason why they shouldn’t — Indio Solari will come on stage at 9.30pm. His show, according to organizers, “Will outdo the Rolling Stones’ staging, wide screens, lighting and sound at their last show at River Plate soccer arena.” With a hotel capacity of 40,000 beds and all camping sites already full, Mendoza will this weekend be crowded by 100,000 rock fans, some staying at five or four star hotels, and others taking more modest lodgings.