Costa Rica ROCKS!

And no, I’m not talking about earthquakes. I am talking about ROCK AND ROLL! Well, rock and metal, or whatever you choose to call it. The deal is, we’ve got both Aerosmith and Megadeath ready to play separate shows right here in Costa Rica, at the Autodromo in La Guacima.

To the casual observer (listener) it might seem that the only music anybody listens to in Costa Rica are Cumbia, Reggaeton, Salsa, Meringue and Bachata… but Costa Rica is not nearly as united in its musical preferences as it might seem at first glance. There is a large subculture here of people of almost all ages (probably nobody above 70) who would be called devotees of Rock, in all it’s incarnations. Promoters have taken note of this and cashed in on the local appetite for rowdy Rock imported from North America and the UK.

While local fans are awaiting Guns ‘N Roses and their scheduled show April 9 (tonight, as I write this), promoters are selling tickets to the upcoming shows. This, as their ears are probably still recovering from the March 7 visit by Metallica to Saprissa Stadium. The list could go on and on into the past. Several friends of mine attended the Iron Maiden concert in the same stadium back in February. I live near the bus stop from Tibas, and just happened to be coming home as the buses bringing concert goers home from that concert were returning to San Jose. I was impressed by the number of Iron Maiden T shirts I saw. The Ticos were a lot more familiar with the band than I was.

The list of groups that have played in Costa Rica is too long to list, not to mention too hard to find on internet for me to bother. But make no mistake, Rock music is alive and thriving in Costa Rica.

If you want tickets to the upcoming shows, the prices range from ¢45,000 down to ¢12,000 with several points in between. I’ll leave it up to you to decide what those options are, other than it costs more to sit in the shade than in the sun. There is a service fee of ¢2,000 per ticket. You can get tickets online at, or in Gollo, Servimas and Bansbach music. You can call 2206-7770 for more info. I’m just guessing they speak English.

Oh by the way, rock music is also available for free by a pair of expat has-beens, the Gringo Starrs, if you don’t feel like spending $90.

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  1. The concert was canceled yesterday because the structural problems with the stadium. Guns ‘N Roses moved onto El Salvador but might come back before they finish this part of the tour.

  2. Aerosmith´s concert will be on June 1!!!! (hopefully)

  3. I'm still trying to understand how Rock n' Roll nowadays seems to be related to older generation… where's youth?

  4. The youch is into rock in roll, but mostly the rich kids. In the poor barrios they listen to Reaggetone.

  5. Here they seem to listen to HIp Hop all the time…. Is it just me or is Hip Hop annoying to more people?

  6. You might be confusing Reggaeton with Hip Hop. Actually I'd welcome hip hop over that, and i'm no fan of either.

    This video shows some of the syles of dance music.

  7. You might be confusing Reggaeton with Hip Hop. Actually I'd welcome hip hop over that, and i'm no fan of either.

    This video shows some of the syles of dance music.