Nortec Collective, Mexican Institute of Sound, Silverio, Saber, Willy Joy | Congress Theater | Rock, Pop, Etc, Dance | Chicago Reader
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Nortec Collective, Mexican Institute of Sound, Silverio, Saber, Willy Joy 

When: Sat., July 11, 7 p.m. 2009
Phone: 773-276-1235
Price: $17
The Mexican Institute of Sound, masterminded by EMI Mexico executive Camilo Lara, makes cross-cultural dance music so packed with stylistic signifiers it’s impossible to decide what it’s hybridizing: on the recent Soy Sauce (Nacional) they include hip-hop beats, mariachi horns, rockabilly guitars, and reggaeton rhythms. If there’s a specific message in the melange—and in the era of Lou Dobbs, audiences tend to assume there’s a subtext when artists combine elements of Mexican and American culture—it doesn’t seem to be much deeper than “Can’t we all get along and maybe also have a booming house party?” Not every element justifies its presence—the rapping especially sounds pretty generic—but on the whole the package has a happily hedonistic vibe that’s hard not to love. The Nortec Collective headlines; the Mexican Institute of Sound, Silverio, Saber, and Willy Joy open. —Miles Raymer

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