Latin Music Concerts: June

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by contributors, 05/19/2010

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Electro-afrobeat. Digital-dub-soul. Latin ska-reggae. If there’s anything particularly special about New York in the summer, it’s the variety of music packaged in sounds as diverse as its audiences. From the trademark free shows at Celebrate Brooklyn! and Central Park SummerStage to the impromptu conga-drum jam sessions in subway cars, it’s hard to top live music in New York City. Below are just a few concert picks to nudge you in the right direction this June, brought to you by

Saturday, June 1
Diego Garcia y Los Pumas Negros at The Mercury Lounge
Kick off the summer with Diego Garcia, the former lead singer of indie band Elefant. In his solo performances, Diego stays away from lighter pop-rock hooks and goes for a more mature vibe. The Detroit native was born to Argentine parents and says his recent music was made with his grandma in mind—with an older soul. It shows, too, both in the mellower grooves and flamenco-tango-tinged melodies.

Friday, June 4
Los Auténticos Decadentes at B.B. Kings
Los Auténticos Decadentes, or The Authentic Decadents, is an all-out ska party band times 12. The Argentine group started as a five-piece group in 1986 and grew into a dozen musicians who flip the ska-rock-reggae formula on its head with percussions and South American rhythms. It’s the perfect Friday-night show. Nothing like getting the work-week angst out with aggressive skanking in the mosh pit. 

Saturday, June 5
Federico Aubele featuring Carol C from Si*Se at Joe’s Pub
Federico Aubele is a hopeless Buenos Aires romantic with a Spanish guitar and dub beats. On stage, there couldn't be a better match for him than Si*Se's Carol C, who's also a fan of steady beats and tender, soulful hooks. The two make for an experiment of trip-hoppish, electro instrumentals and wistful lyrics.

Thursday, June 24
Chico Mann at El Museo del Barrio
Jersey City's Chico Mann grew up with a dad who owned a Latin record label in Hell’s Kitchen, so it’s no wonder his sets sound a bit like '70s New York—like the Fania All-Stars with Chico’s own electro-futuristic twist. The multi-instrumentalist producer performs as part of El Museo del Barrio’s Summer Nights Concert Series, in partnership with TeatroStageFest.

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club featuring Omara Portuondo & Nelida Tirado at Celebrate Brooklyn!
No introduction needed. The Buena Vista Social Club rose to fame in the ‘90s, decades after the golden age of Cuban music. Celebrate Brooklyn! brings together the original musicians with voice Omara Portuondo and flamenco dancer Nelida Tirado.

For the complete list of Latin concerts in New York City this June, visit


related venues/(4)

  1. 1
    Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell
    Prospect Park West
    Brooklyn – Park Slope
  2. 2
    The Mercury Lounge
    217 E Houston St
    Manhattan – Lower East Side
    NY 10002
  3. 3
    El Museo del Barrio
    1230 Fifth Ave.
    Manhattan – East Harlem/El Barrio
    NY 10029
  1. 4
    B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
    237 W. 42nd St.
    Manhattan – Times Square
    NY 10036

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