Latin Alternative Music Fests Heat Up The Summer : Alt.Latino : NPR

Members of Mariachi Manchester performs at Nuevo Fest in Philadelphia

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Members of Mariachi Manchester performs at Nuevo Fest in Philadelphia

Felix Contreras/NPR

“Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the street”

Well, maybe not the street but certainly in Central Park in N.Y.C., Addams/Medill Park in Chicago, Fringe Arts in Philadelphia and Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn.

Those were the spots for the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC), The Ruido Fest, the Nuevo Fest and the celebration of African heritage at the Afro Latino Fest.

With most of the larger summer music festivals pretty much ignoring our corner of the music landscape, a handful of more ambitious festival organizers have found a dedicated audience and tons of Latin alternative bands to fill outdoor and indoor venues.

This year we introduce you to New York City’s small but very important Afro Latino Fest, the only festival of its kind according to many of the day’s performers, putting the spotlight on Afro Latino culture with food, fashion, art and of course music.

Nuevo Fest continues the fantastic collaboration between NPR member station WXPN and cultural presenters Afro Taino Productions with their picturesque setting beneath the imposing Ben Franklin bridge in Philadelphia.

Ruido Fest proves once again that music can bridge communities in Chicago, a city that is often in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Shout out to city officials, festival organizers and the community itself for a fantastically rich and family-friendly fun day…

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