The Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) returns to New York this summer for a special 15th anniversary celebration, including two free concerts at Central Park SummerStage featuring Beatnuts, Ana Tijoux, Bodega Bamz and DJ Tony Touch onWednesday, July 9th and Babasónicos, Juana Molina and La Santa Cecilia on Saturday, July 12th.
Join thousands of musicians, entrepreneurs, DJs, journalists, marketers, managers, programmers and all kinds of music lovers in New York City to celebrate LAMC’s Quinceañera at our new home at the Affinia Manhattan Hotel in Midtown Manhattan
With key support from Google, Google +, Google Play, YouTube, AT&T, KCRW, Shure, Epiphone, LARAS, Herradura and more, the LAMC is the largest annual event for Latino innovators and trendsetters.
Watch the new LAMC video by Latin Recap: http://youtu.be/mW5azdqj8WQ
Now in its 15th year and called the “Sundance of Latin music” by the NY Times, the LAMC features free concerts at SummerStage in Central Park and Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park, plus intimate private concerts at various venues around the city, as well as numerous industry panels and Q&A’s with special guests, showcases and events. Additional LAMC events and concert line-ups will be announced shortly.
Registration is now open; discounted yet once again at only $99 for a limited time at www.LatinAlternative.com
Early bird registrants are automatically entered into a contest to win an exclusive LAMC guitar from Epiphone.
Discounted hotel rates now available: http://goo.gl/yafC45
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 7pm
Beatnuts / Ana Tijoux / Bodega Bamz / DJ Tony Touch
The legendary Beatnuts are a groundbreaking rap group that emerged from Queens, New York in the late 80s and made hip-hop history with classic collaborations with Biz Markie, Fat Joe and Method Man. The Beatnuts, which includes Ju-Ju (of Dominican descent) and Psycho Les (of Colombian descent), have paved the way for new generations of Latin artists as the only Latin members of the infamous Native Tongues collective. Known for their classic hits “No Escapin This,” “Off The Books,” and “Watch Out Now” (which was later sampled by Jennifer Lopez for her radio hit “Jenny from the Block”), The Beatnuts have earned a stellar reputation for energetic live shows that showcase their diverse talents as MCs, DJs and producers.
One of the most respected MCs in any language, Ana Tijoux has been winning over fans around the world since her debut ‘1977’ bubbled up from an underground sensation into mainstream recognition after being featured on the hit TV show ‘Breaking Bad’ and favorited by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke. Ana Tijoux’s new album ‘Vengo’ showcase the nimble MC over lush, golden-era hip-hop production rooted in traditional Latin instrumentation. Rolling Stone named her performance at SXSW on of the best concerts of this year’s festival, while the New York Times has called her “South America’s answer to Lauryn Hill: equally skillful at singing and rapping.” Born in France to Chilean parents in political exile during Pinochet’s dictatorship, Tijoux moved back to Chile as a teenager and found a home in the emerging hip-hop scene of Santiago. In concert, Tijoux takes the stage with a full band that brings to life the intricate arrangements of the new album, a whirlwind trip through hip-hop, jazz, and funk, spiced with a bit of politics and her great sense of humor that has led audiences around the globe fall in love with her.
Spanish Harlem native, Nathaniel De La Rosa publicly known as Bodega Bamz aka PAPI is taking the New York hip-hop music scene by storm. By infusing his rich Latino roots with his urban lyricism, Bamz has created his own sub genre known as Latin Trap. Born of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent, his culture has always played a large role in his musical inspiration. From Hector Lavoe to Tupac, Bamz has mastered the art of incorporating Caribbean sounds and raw emotion filled lyrics. His stage name alone is symbolic of his drive and deep connection to his heritage, the name Bodega comes from the concept of “bodegas” or corner stores being pinnacle aspects to Latino communities, and Bamz is an acronym for “By Any MeanZ,” which means providing a variety of quality music by any means necessary. Although he is a fresh face to most listeners, Bamz has been rapping for over a decade. With the help of his younger brother, and engineer, Obed “Ohla” De La Rosa, Bamz mixtape ‘Strictly 4 My P.A.P.I.Z (Proud and Powerful Individualz)’ created an instant buzz online. Bodega Bamz has exhibited a great amount of versatility, not only paving the way for other Latinos, but also earning his way into hip-hop history.
Tony Touch A.K.A Tony Toca, began as a B-Boy during the rap music renaissance era of the early 80’s, and has been a force to be reckoned with ever since. From his legendary mix tapes, to his skills on the 1’s and 2’s, he has become one of hip-hop’s most recognized DJs and is known in the streets and industry as the real ‘Mix tape King’. This C.E.O/Artist/Producer recently dropped his 7th commercial release, and over the years has worked with everyone from Nina Sky to Snoop Dogg, and Tego Calderon to KRS One. Touch is a champion for the Latino community, as well as a global icon, having toured in over 30 countries. You can catch Tony on his weekly radio shows, for more info checkwww.tonytouch.com.
Saturday, July 12, 2014 – 3pm
Babasónicos / Juana Molina / La Santa Cecilia
With determination, talent and intelligence, Babasónicos has became one of the most successful and recognizable groups to come from the “sonic” underground rock movement in Argentina in the 1990’s. With 11 official albums and more than 22 years of constant touring with great success throughout Latin America, they’ve experimented with various diverse styles throughout their career, and continue to fill stadiums with screaming fans. Although they’ve never sought to conform to the typical Argentinean rock sound, this alternative band has established itself as a mainstream marketable group around the world.
Born in Argentina, Juana Molina grew up in a musical environment, learning guitar at the age of five. After a wildly successful career as a comedian and actress, Molina turned her focus back to her first love, music. She released her first album in 1996, and after the release of her second and third albums, she quickly became the darling of the international indie/electronic/folk scene, and praise began pouring in from admirers in all corners. Her music features a highly unique and personal mix of elements ranging from folk to ambient and electronica. Her live performances combine live loops, effects created on-the-fly and her deft acoustic guitar playing, creating a lush sounding and visually compelling experience. On her latest album, ‘Wed 21,’ she remarkably expanded her palette of instruments, incorporating electric guitars, bass, drums and inventive electronics, giving the album a richer, broader sonic spectrum, guided as always by her trademark spirit of experimentation and her deep melodic sense.
Los Angeles band, La Santa Cecilia consists of accordionist and requintero Jose “Pepe” Carlos, bassist Alex Bendana, percussionist Miguel Ramirez, and lead vocalist La Marisoul, whose captivating voice sings about love, loss and heartbreak. Their influences range from Miles Davis to The Beatles, Zeppelin to Janis Joplin and Mercedes Sosa to Ramon Ayala. Their common love of music and openness to all genres led them to the concept of La Santa Cecilia in 2007 – named after the patron saint of musicians. Their songs have been featured on a number of shows, including the Emmy award-winning series Weeds, and they’ve enjoyed great critical acclaim in the Wall Street Journal, NPR (named to numerous ‘Best of 2013’ lists), and Ad Age Magazine, who named the band a must for any Ad Agencies looking to launch a Hispanic campaign. In 2013, the band released their debut ‘Treinta Dias,’ which features a collaboration with fan Elvis Costello on “Losing Game.” The band also celebrated 2014 with a GRAMMY win (Best Latin Rock, Urban, or Alternative Album).