SummerStage Presents: The Nuyorican Poets Cafe's 40th Anniversary Celebration / DJ Rahsaan / Screening: Our Latin Thing
Sunday, August 17, 2014
6:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Over the last 40 years, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe has served as a home for groundbreaking works of poetry, music, theater and visual arts. A multicultural and multi-arts institution, the Cafe champions the use of spoken word and music as means of social empowerment for minority and underprivileged artists. Our community of spectators, artists and students is a reflection of New York City's diverse population. Allen Ginsberg called the Cafe “the most integrated place on the planet,” the Wall Street Journal says the Cafe is a “a thriving arts center with partnerships across the city,” and John Leguizamo says the Cafe "put the street on stage… Made our lives real, our emotions real.”
Host: Jive Poetic
Featuring: Carlos Andres Gomez, Caroline Rothstein, Mighty Third Rail, Rico Frederick, Anthony McPherson, Aurora Barnes, Tre G, Craig "muMs" Grant, Saroya Marsh, Rome Neal, Willie Martinez & Chembo Corniel + jazz quartet.
DJ RAHSAAN is a NYC-born, Philadelphia-based world music DJ/producer. He has designed soundscapes for professional & underground theatre, fashion shows, avant-garde art exhibits, futurist hair salons, celebrity gatherings and theme-oriented restaurants. As thrill-seeking world music DJ, he has musically navigated numerous entities like Activision, Verizon Wireless, among others to new, exciting demographics, developing their audiences beyond expectations. DJ Rahsaan has shared stages & lineups with many popular global acts like The Gipsy Kings, Manu Chao, Antibalas, Brandy, Kendrick Lamar, to name a few. He has also lent his musical expertise to numerous fashion & theatrical events such as 'Fela! The Musical', 'In The Heights' the Musical, The Grammys, and New York Fashion Week. Continually working close with various international music acts, DJ Rahsaan has his finger on the pulse of 21st Century global music.
On one August evening in the 1970's New York gave birth to a sound that would change the face of Latin music forever. At the renown Cheetah Nightclub, there was an ensemble of artists got together for what became a magical evening of music. The show was billed as "Our Latin Thing". In the decades ahead those all-star musicians would become the ambassadors and juggernauts of Latin Music around the world. They became the musical reflection of the times, needs, and struggles of New York's Latino community. Their music was "Salsa Gorda," influenced by American Jazz, Soul, and Rock and Roll. Their music became part of Americana. Currently billed as "Our Latin Thing", the group performs as an assortment of this music's top hits. This Musical/Theatrical like revue, will take the audience on a musical poetic journey. Re-Live the music, re-live the times, re-live the magic....This is "Our Latin Thing."