Tomas Cookman

  1. The Latin Alternative Music Conference Celebrates 15 Years

    July 15, 2014 7:55 PM EDT A Q&A with Latin Alternative Music Conference founder Tomas Cookman, Latin Grammy president Gabriel Abaroa and Vive Latino founder Jordi Puig kicked off the first day of the 2014 LAMC. The discussion examined the state of the Latin alternative ...

  2. Café Tacvba, Calle 13 Set for New Goldenvoice/Cookman-Produced Supersonico Festival

    July 09, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Calle 13, Café Tacvba and Ana Tijoux are among the artists to perform at the inaugural edition of the Los Angeles festival Supersonico, set for Oct. 11 at the Shrine Expo Hall and Grounds in downtown Los Angeles   Billed as a “cultural happening,” ...

  3. Goldenvoice, Tomas Cookman Partner For Supersonico Festival in Los Angeles (Exclusive)

    December 17, 2013 3:10 PM EST Latin Alternative Music Conference founder Tomas Cookman and Coachella promoter Goldenvoice will jointly produce a “multi-stage, multi-lingual” festival at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium in the second half of 2014, Billboard.biz has learned.   “We ...

  4. Former Employees File Lawsuit Against Nacional Records' Tomas Cookman

    July 23, 2013 11:39 PM EDT Two former female employees of the Los Angeles-based indie Latin label Nacional Records filed a lawsuit yesterday (July 22) against its founder Tomas Cookman. The complaint contained 15 charges against Cookman that included sexual harassment, wr ...

  5. Tomas Cookman on LAMC: ‘Years Ago Ricky Ricardo On Conga Drums Was Latin Music…’

    July 16, 2013 4:56 PM EDT Behind a black curtain in the corner of the second floor of the New Yorker Hotel is Tomas Cookman , a former punk rock musician and the founder of the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC). Here he was slowly tearing down his makeshift off ...

  6. Julieta Venegas, Carla Morrison, Alex Anwandter Wrap Latin Alternative Music Conference With Central Park Show

    July 15, 2013 2:00 PM EDT A few minutes after pop singer Alex Anwandter took to the SummerStage in Central Park, he was stopped in the middle of his second song. The concert, also featuring the popular Julieta Venegas and Carla Morrison, was stopped due to an approachin ...

  7. Mexico's Vive Latino Music Fest Grows, Eyes U.S. Expansion

    March 17, 2013 11:01 AM EDT Morrissey may have been a no-show at the Vive Latino music festival in Mexico City, but that didn't dampen the mood of thousands of music fans who crowded the six stages to see acts like American rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, England’s Underwo ...

  8. Latin Music's Retail Blues

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT One of the country's biggest Latin music stores faces dwindling sales, but vows to press on. In 2001, Nielsen SoundScan reported increasing sales of Latin music, much of it attributed to the genre's growing presence with mass merchants. ...

  9. Latin Alternative Music Conference Day 1: Lots of Alternative, But Not Much Rock

    July 12, 2012 2:31 PM EDT Monica Lionhert performs at the LAMC Indie Showcase. (Photo: Marlon Bishop) The 13th Latin Alternative Music Conference kicked off Wednesday evening in New York City with a pair of concerts of very different scale: an outdoor show at Central Park& ...

  10. Exclusive: Starbucks To Release 'Cafe Con Musica,' Nacional Records Latin Alt Compilation

    May 22, 2012 9:36 AM EDT Starbucks, which rarely carries Latin music in its stores, has partnered with Latin indie label Nacional Records to release an exclusive compilation of Latin alternative music. "Café con Música" (Coffee With Music) will be available only ...

  11. Tomas Cookman of Nacional Records on 'Complex and Diverse' Latin Music Market (Video)

    May 02, 2012 6:00 AM EDT Billboard sat down at the Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards with Tomas Cookman, President of the Latin alternative label Nacional Records. whose impressive roster includes Nortec Collective, Manu Chao, Aterciopelados, Bomba Esetero, The ...

  12. Billboard Latin Music Conference Leaders Panel Talks Morphing Scene, Success of Prince Royce, 3Ball MTY

    April 24, 2012 3:29 PM EDT The Leaders Panel (L-R): Tomas Cookman, the president of Nacional Records; Henry Cardenas, president and CEO of Cardenas Marketing Network; Victor Gonzalez, president of Universal Music Latin Entertainment; Rebeca Leon, VP of Latin Talent for AEG ...

  13. En Vivo Launches on SiriusXM Radio by National Latino Broadcasting

    January 12, 2012 12:29 PM EST National Latino Broadcasting has launched En Vivo, a new music channel aimed at U.S. Latinos on SiriusXM, according to a spokesperson for the media company. Officially on the air today (Jan. 12), the channel (147) will include popular music, live ...

  14. Backbeat: A Latin Alternative Christmas At Nacional Records

    December 19, 2011 7:36 AM EST Billboard's Judy Cantor-Navas with Nacional Records President Tomas Cookman and drummer Clem Burke of Blondie fame. The Latin Alternative crowd toasted the holidays with tequila and tacos at Nacional Records' annual gathering at the labe ...

  15. New Sounds, New Approaches, Old Challenges Are Hot Topics at Latin Alternative Music Conference

    July 11, 2011 2:29 PM EDT NEW YORK -- Hanging like a specter over the 12th annual Latin Alternative Music Conference , which concluded Saturday, was the hulking shadow of Pitbull -- or "Pit," the endearment favored by his associates. He didn't attend, but hi ...

  16. TR3S: MTV, Musica y Mas, Nacional Records Announce "La Hora Nacional"

    July 07, 2011 12:48 PM EDT Bilingual network for U.S.-based Latinos Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más and Tomas Cookman, the founder of the indie label Nacional Records, are joining forces to create a new program, "La Hora Nacional," featuring alternative Latin artists for ...

  17. Nacional Records Concert Series Coming To California Venues This Fall

    May 18, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Latin alternative acts Los Amgios Invisibles, Nortec Collective's Bostich + Fussible and Ana Tijoux have signed on to be part of the Heineken and Nacional Records Road Trip series this fall. The California-exclusive concert series is schedule ...

  18. Vergara Named Operations VP At Nacional/Cookman

    September 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Gerardo Vergara has been named VP of operations for indie Nacional Records/Cookman International. Vergara will report directly to Tomás Cookman, the company's president and CEO. A veteran who has worked with some of Latin music's biggest ...

  19. Spain's Grupo Zeta Launches Label

    September 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spanish media conglomerate Grupo Zeta is launching a "360-degree" music label called El Volcan Musica. The Barcelona-based group says its new arm has three chief aims: to árecord and release "quality Spanish music made in Spain" ...

  20. Cookman Int'l Bows Nacional Label

    August 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Aterciopelados among acts on roster. Tomás Cookman, president of artist management/promotion firm Cookman International, is expanding his company's reach with the launch of Nacional Records. The newly created label, based out of Cookman' ...