Friday, June 13, 2008

De Musica Ligera: Big Apple summer concerts, 2008 version

Last year we gave a list of six great free concerts that took place over the summer in New York City. This year promises to be no different as there are dozens of free gigs all over the Big Apple over the next three months and some of them feature Latin American and Spanish artists.

Here are six more free summer concerts that have caught our attention:

* June 15: Victor Manuelle

Award-winning salsero Victor Manuelle will be performing as part of the Central Park Summerstage series and to promote his latest album released last week.

* June 26: Sofia Tosello, Sabrina Lastman

El Museo del Barrio’s “Women on the Verge” series, will featured two Southern Cone singers representing numerous musical styles.

* July 10: Si*Sé, Yerba Buena

Pier 54 along the Hudson River will host several concerts with one of them showcasing the groovy Latintronica of Si*Sé and the funky sounds of Yerba Buena.

* July 15: Julieta Venegas, Plastilina Mosh

Mexican songstress (and personal favorite) Julieta Venegas will be at Summerstage accompanied by the master funkers of Plastilina Mosh.

* July 25: Atlas Sound, El Guincho

The music of Spain’s El Guincho is hard to easily categorize; let’s just say he’s a modern-day Esquivel.

* August 8: Lila Downs, Villa-Lobos Brothers, Grupo Norteño

A trio of Mexican musicians will be highlighted in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park including the chanteuse Downs and the regional style of the Villa-Lobos Brothers.

The aforementioned artists and others like Brazilian Girls, Folklore Urbano, and Maria Rita represent the great cornucopia of Latin American music that will be performing soon. So if you’re in la Gran Manzana this summer be sure check out at least one of these great concerts. (Perhaps we’ll see you there)!

Sources- The Latin Americanist, El Museo del Barrio, Central Park Summerstage, Celebrate Brooklyn, YouTube, YouSendIt, River to River,

Image- New York Press (Si*Sé performing on Governor’s Island in 2007)


Maegan la Mala said...

Oooh I just figured out how we're going to spend father's day! thanks for reminding me about Victor Manuelle!!!

Anonymous said...


the Pier 54 Website says the Si*Se/Turntables on the Hudson concert is scheduled for July 20th, NOT the 15th.

Doesn't matter anyway, since it was back in 2006.

Erwin C. said...


I did make an error on the date of the Si*Se gig and the post has since been amended. (They will be performing on July 10th, according to the band's myspace page).