5 Must-See Shows at the Latin Alternative Music Conference 2017

Eva Amaral of Amaral performs at the Barclaycard Center on May 19, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. 

The Latin Alternative Music Conference brings its yearly offering of eclectic taste-making concerts to New York City from July 11-15.

The Latin Alternative Music Conference brings its yearly offering of tastemaking concerts to New York City from July 11-15. While we can actually recommend every show on the program, here are five picks to widen your musical horizons.

Focus on Venezuela Showcase, July 11 at SOB's

BMI presents a timely showcase for Venezuelan artists that by extension sounds the alarm about the country’s current state of emergency. Rappers Akapellah and Apache, reggae group Rawayana and alternative rock bands Elastic Bond, Los Mesoneros, and Viniloversus take the stage. The showcase precedes a set from roaring Caracas rock band La Vida Boheme at Central Park Summerstage on July 15.

Princess Nokia, July 12 @ Central Park Summerstage

Newly signed to Rough Trade Records, the straight-talking, style-setting Princess Nokia plays to the home crowd -- and expect it to be massive and young -- in Central Park. The Nuyorican urban feminist is known for live shows that the rapper herself has described as “out of this world.”

Powerful Chilean singer-songwriter Mon Laferte and Puerto Rico’s Yoruba-electronic outfit ÌFÉ complete an amazing lineup.

Acoustic Showcase, July 13 at SOB’s

All hail the LAMC acoustic showcase, which is by now -- in the conference’s 18th year -- a sacred and beautiful tradition. This year’s intimate evening features bare-bones performances by Alex Anwandter, Beatrice Inferno, Buyepongo, Gepe, Javiera Mena, Jesse Baez, Nora Norman, Síndrome Moscow and Silvina Moreno.

Quantic, July 14 at Prospect Park Bandshell

Sonic explorer Quantic (aka Will Holland performs the LAMC Celebrate Brooklyn Show) is on the bill with iconoclastic pop singers Alex Anwandter and Tei Shi. Quantic will present his latest album, Curao, on which the DJ, producer and Colombiaphile pairs up with folkloric singer Nidia Gongora.

Amaral, July 12 at Highline Ballroom

Widely popular in Spain but lesser known in the U.S., pop-rock duo Amaral headlines the LAMC Sounds From Spain Showcase. C. Tangana, Nunatak, Nora Norman and Los Nastys offer a sampling of the current Spanish scene.


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