Descarga En El Barrio: A Caribbean Music Festival
Join us July 27th / July 28th / July 29th for our 1st annual Descarga En El Barrio: A Caribbean Music Festival. #DescargaFest aims to highlight the cultural contributions of the Puerto Rican community that established El Barrio as home, preserve the memory of the recently retired Loiza Festival in El Barrio, and display the musical and cultural similarities people of Caribbean, Latinx, and African descent.
Festival-goers will delight in food + artisans vendors, live Salsa & Bomba performances, a host of kids activities, an Orisha procession, and other surprises! We’ll also feature both old school (vinyl) and new school DJ’s bringing you the vibes from across the Afro-Caribbean diaspora and beyond, including Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Reggaeton, Cumbia, Afrobeat, y mas!
Performances + Sets from:
Bombazo Dance Company, Luis Blasini & Iroko, Son Boricua, Mr. Teardrop, DJ Brian, DJ Hilton, DJ Bembona, Matteo Gonzalez & Cumbalaya, DJ Broadway, Matthew Gonzalez & Kinto Zonó, Nina Rodriguez y su Banda, and DJ Sunny Cheeba, Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez and his Dream Team.
WHEN: July 27th | July 28th | July 29th
TIME: 11 AM - 8 PM | All Days
GENERAL ADMISSION: FREE, ALL ARE WELCOME (FAMILY FRIENDLY)
WHERE: E 109th Street Between 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue
FRIDAY | DAY 1 - CHILDREN'S DAY | July 27th | 11 AM - 8 PM | Sponsored by Young Bucks Sports
11 AM - 4 PM (Hands-on art activities | Pop-Up Playground, fitness activities | Zumba | Steppers | Stilt Walker | Face Painting | Performances | Many Voices One Light Youth-led Candlelight Vigil )
4 PM - 8 PM | Bembe Dance Party with music provided by:
Check out his mixes here: https://www.mixcloud.com/teardropisfromnyc/
DJ Brian - Renowned El Barrio DJ
SATURDAY | DAY 2 | July 28th | 12 PM - 8 PM
Bombazo Dance Company
Bombazo is a 501(c)- 3 non-profit drum and dance company, whose mission is to preserve, educate and showcase traditional Afro Puerto Rican Bomba and Afro Caribbean and traditional folkloric elements. We further combine those main ingredients and fusing them with classical, contemporary and social styles of dance. Thus, creating a new movement vocabulary while still preserving the authenticity of our culture.
The word "Bombazo" signifies a Bomba jam. It is where the community gathers to celebrate life through its rhythms, song, and dance. Our company members are professionals in their field. They hail from different countries, such as Asian, European, Central & South America, from the Caribbean and African Diaspora. All are strong technical dancers, learning, sharing and performing Bomba.
As a choreographer and artistic director, our audiences experience how a simple element can be taken to new heights and beyond. Therefore, our mission is to further enrich the knowledge of all who come and support our dance concerts within the universal language of dance and dance education.
Luis Blasini & Iroko - Salsa Band
SUNDAY | DAY 3 | July 29th | 12PM - 8PM
Processional begins at 11:30 am at St. Cecilia Church ( E 106 St. BTW Lexington and Park Ave)
Procession de los Orishas
Matthew Gonzalez & Kinto Zonó
Nina Rodriguez y su Banda
Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez and his Dream Team
SPONSORS: Hispanic Federation, Bronx Lebanon Hospital, Borough President Gale Brewer, NYC & Co., Manhattan, Casabe House, United HealthCare, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Dept. of Cultural Affairs.