New York City’s SummerStage Festival will present one of the largest series of music by Hispanic artists in the USA. The festival includes twenty shows and forty artists over three months and the capacity for over fifty thousand audience members. SummerStage’s commitment to Latin music has been a vital component of its programming since the inception of the annual festival.
“Staying true to the community is at the heart of SummerStage’s mission,” says SummerStage Artistic Director Erika Elliott. “We make a concerted effort every year to reflect the music and cultures of the communities where we stage our programs. As the Hispanic demographic of New York City has skyrocketed to over 25%, New York City has become one of the top ten most diverse and densely Latino cities in America. We strongly believe it is imperative for us to reflect this population in our programming and to provide this growing audience with the benefit of the free, high-quality, live performances that have become synonymous with the SummerStage name.”
SummerStage makes every effort to embrace as many contemporary and classic expressions as possible. Artists taking part in this year’s SummerStage represent Puerto Rico, Brazil, the United States, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Mexico, Peru and The Dominican Republic in the fields of contemporary folkloric music (Lila Downs) , salsa (Moncho Rivera, Sammy Garcia, Johnny Ray), MPB (Preta Gil), bachata (Toby Love, Andy Andy), contemporary pop (Pamela Rodriguez, Julieta Venegas, Carla Morrison), freestyle (George Lamond), electropop (RVSB, Natalia Clavier, Raul Campos, Alex Anwandter, Gaby Amarantos), classic soul and funk (Joe Bataan, WAR, The Ghetto Brothers, Larry Harlow), as well as reggaeton (reguetón) and hip-hop and (Tego Calderon, Cuarto Poder, Los Rakas, Emcida).
SummerStage takes pride in consciously embracing the booking of artists of both genders from many nations to more honestly reflect the complex voice of New York City’s Hispanic community.
In addition to serving these local populations throughout the city, SummerStage provides curious listeners their first chance to experience new and popularly emergent styles of music in a friendly and easily accessible environment.
All Shows Free – Visit SummerStage.org for Showtimes
Author: World Music Central News Department
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