Carlos Chirinos, associate professor of music business at Steinhardt, will bring some of the biggest names in salsa to Lincoln Center through a series of free concerts specifically designed to celebrate New York City-based Latino music. The series, entitled ¡Vaya63!, kicks off December 3 at the David Rubenstein Atrium, featuring Orquesta Broadway with DJ Bongohead, following by Típica 73 with DJ Jose Calderon on February 4, 2016, and a performance by famed alternative guitarist Marc Ribot and Los Cubanos Postizos and DJ Oshun on March 3, 2016. All performances begin at 7 p.m. and are free to the public.
Chirinos, a native of Venezuela, was selected by Lincoln Center to generate programming that would effectively reflect and engage the Latino community. All artists in the program have deep roots in the New York City Latin music scene, and also reflective of its evolution since the 1960s.
“We are thrilled to partner with NYU and guest curator Carlos Chirinos on this series that honors the artists and torchbearers who are part of our city’s rich history of Latin music,” said Jordana Phokompe, director of the David Rubenstein Atrium.
!Vaya63! performances will be accompanied by projections of classic Latin album cover art on the Atrium’s 42-foot wide screen, selected by Pablo Yglesias, author of the book Cocinando: 50 Years of Latin Album Cover Art. Each evening’s DJ will be playing vintage and new Latin music exclusively on vinyl.
Orquesta Broadway, “one of New York’s best charanga bands” according to The New York Times, was founded in 1962 and plays traditional Cuban pachangas and danzones, genres popularized in 1940s Cuba and preserved by the orchestra’s founder and current musical director, Eddy Zervigon. Típica 73, originally founded by members of the Ray Barreto Orchestra, will revitalize and bring the essence of a real 1970s salsa dance party to Lincoln Center.
Marc Ribot y los Cubanos Postizos have a widespread reputation as the ultimate party band, feverishly cooking up shows around arrangements of Cuban bandleader Arsenio Rodriguez, an innovator of the son montuno. The result is a performance that marks a departure from traditional forms to explore the progressive and experimental sounds of contemporary Latin dance music.
Admission is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center is located at Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets. Easy access via subway: No. 1 IRT Broadway local to 66th Street/Lincoln Center or A, B, C, D or No. 1 to 59th Street/Columbus Circle; Buses: M5, M7, M11, M66, M104 to Broadway.