The Weekly Time Bomb
Every Monday night in Buenos Aires is always a bangin’ one, thanks to La Bomba del Tiempo (The Time Bomb) is an improvisational drum group that performs weekly at the Konex Cultural Center. I had heard many people talk about the show and how it was one of their favorite things to do while abroad here, so I knew I had to check it out.
The show technically doesn’t start until around 8p.m., but we were advised to get there at 6:30p.m., just to be safe. It wasn’t very crowded when we got there but we could already start to see the range of people in attendance that this show was bringing in. We saw people in suits, dresses, ripped jeans, T-shirts, just about every type of clothing you could imagine. We noticed people speaking Spanish, English, and more, showing that this wasn’t just a porteño (a person from Buenos Aires) event.
Although the show didn’t start for a while, the bar in the cultural center was open. The bar serves Quilmes, a popular Argentine beer, cocktails, wine, nachos, empanadas, etc. Many people arrived to the show early to socialize and grab a drink and by 7:30p.m. there were hundreds of people in the crowd.
When the group took the stage, there was a conductor in front to lead them. They started out mellow and slowly built up the energy in the crowd until people were dancing and people were lively. At 9p.m., a guest musician takes the stage and it changes every week. It’s common for the guest musician to be a DJ who keeps the energy in the crowd high. By 10p.m., the show ends due to restrictions in the neighborhood.
Even on a Monday night, La Bomba del Tiempo brings in a huge crowd. This is a great example of the life here in Buenos Aires—no matter the day or time, people are always willing to go out with friends. La Bomba was such a great experience and a very cool environment to go and see some live music. I will most definitely be returning to the show this semester.
La Bomba del Tiempo has been performing weekly at Konex for around four years now, and has grown so much that ticket prices have soared. They started at only five Argentine pesos and are now over 100, but for the experience I think it is well worth the price.
Kelsey B. is the Spring 2017 MOJO Blogger in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is currently a Junior studying Journalism & Public Relations at Indiana University.