REPORTING FROM MEXICO CITY--The independent music scene has proven itself alive and well in Mexico's wealthiest but increasingly violent city of Monterrey. Last weekend's NRML festival took place without a major problem and was the largest in three years.
Read about it in this Calendar report by the Mexico City Bureau's Daniel Hernandez.
Metropolitan Monterrey was once a refuge from the nation's raging drug war. But it has steadily fallen into the same vortex of gang shootings and neighborhood takeovers that plague Mexicans elsewhere. One of the deadliest incidents in the entire drug war was the August 2011 firebombing of a Monterrey casino, in which 52 people were killed.
-- Tracy Wilkinson
Photo: Cumbia rockers Sonido San Francisco perform during the NRMAL festival in San Pedro Garza Garcia, a suburb of Monterrey, Mexico, on Saturday. Credit: Daniel Hernandez / Los Angeles Times.