Latin Alternative Music Conference returns to NYC for 17th year

By 06 July, 2016

The Latin Alternative Music Conference returns to New York City for another year filled with all-star panelists, artist showcases, exhibitors and more. 

Headquartered at the Affinia Manhattan Hotelthe LAMC takes over various venues in NYC, from the 6th to 9th of July. Some of this year’s performers include some highly anticipated acts from Mexico, such as Mexrrissey, a band that reimagines Morrissey ballads with Spanish lyrics, strings, horn and traditional Mexican sounds; alt-rocker, Leon Larreguiand indie pop darling, Carla Morrison.

Puerto Rico’s iLe (real name: Ileana Cabra Joglar) of Calle 13 fame is also a big draw as she debuts her solo work. Argentina reggae veterans Los Cafres will also perform.

As per usual, there are several interesting panel discussions on tap, such as “How To Hit the Road and Not Go Broke or Break Up,” “Latin Music In Films, TV and Advertising,” and “Latin GRAMMY’s 101: A Roadmap,” the latter which includes Colombian megastar and multi Grammy Award winner Carlos Vives as a panelist.

The acoustic showcase is always a fun time. This year’s show on the 7th of July includes Philly/Trenton, N.J. hip hop duo, Agudos Clef, whom we wrote about last September, and Costa Rican rockers (yes, Costa Rica!), Las Robertas, among several other acts.

See the entire LAMC schedule here.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention some of the unofficial LAMC week performances we are looking forward to checking out, such as Bachata punk rockers (!!!) Brooklyn’s Boombox Repair Kit, who’ll play at the Burdal Dali Party on the lower east side of Manhattan on Thursday, 7 of July. Check out their bachata punk version of The Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Sedated.” (More on this interesting project via Noisey.)

Los Angeles based tropical AfroLatin combo Quitapenas is in town and there are three opportunities to see them. They play Thursday, 7th of July, at Nublu with a set by DJ Bongohead (Pablo Yglesias). They then play with Neo Latin Thunderfunkers Ocho Ocho OchoDJ Basico, the man behind the 1000 people+ cumbia parties in Guatemala, and more, on the 8th at Botanic Barlab. Finally, on Saturday, the 9th, they join Arizona psychedelic chicha rockers, Xixa, at Manhattan’s Nublu. Sounds and Colours readers are familiar with Xixa’s sound. Quitapenas’ tropical party vibe and Chilean pop rocker Fernando Milagros will be a nice compliment to this bill. (Quitapenas is also playing Philly’s Nuevofest on the 10th of July.)

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