For almost 25 years, the Billboard Latin Music Conference has been universally acknowledged as the most important annual Latin music industry event of the year. What insiders know is that the weeklong Miami event is not just about the suits -- conference participants get an all-access pass to the artists that matter in every genre of Latin music, in conversation as well as on stage. Here’s the scoop on the stellar line-up at the 2013 Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards Presented by State Farm® in Association with Pepsi.
MONDAY, APRIL 22
BMI/PEERMUSIC/SONY MUSIC LATIN BILLBOARD SHOWCASE
170 NE 38th St
With her tough, passionate urban ballad “Gangsta,” 21-year-old Cuban American Kat Dahlia debuted as the new artist from Miami to watch, literally: Just try taking your eyes off of herwhen she performs Monday night at a showcase presented jointly by BMI, peermusic and Sony Music. Mexican MC Niña Dioz, rhythm-shifting partyers Band of Bitches, reggaeton duo Dyland y Lenny, and pop siblings Rio Roma join Dahlia on the bill, and Miami percussionist Edwin Bonilla and his band play a tribute to Tito Puente. Expect Bonilla’s concentrated facial accompaniments to rival the tongue twisting of the late El Rey himself.
Musical Rhythms Promotions Presents "MAS Y MAS MÚSICA" Showcase
6:00pm – 8:00pm
19th Floor, Poolside, JW Marriott Hotel
Monday evening starts with some poolside music discovery at a showcase with a line-up of a dozen urban, tropical and pop acts presented by Musical Rhythms Promotions. The bill includes a special appearance by Puerto Rican singer Angel Lopez, formerly of Billboard Latin Music Awards winners Son by Four.