NRMAL, The Weirdest Festival You'll See This Year, Fights Misconceptions about Mexico

When you speak to famed DIY promoter Todd Patrick (better known as Todd P) about Mexico, you're taken aback by his optimism. He talks about the growing middle class and its effect on the country's economy. He talks about the youth's passion for the arts, and he never fails to mention that our country's perception of Mexico is unfairly biased. "People have a deep prejudice about what life is like in Mexico that's based around the issues with the cartels," he says. "Which is unfair because you see just as much drug related violence in many major US cities."

But he's more than talk: This weekend, Patrick will help host a music festival in Monterrey that he helped found four years ago.

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Jaime-Paul Falcon