Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC)
NYC, July 7 – 11, 2015
Affinia Hotel in New York City was the hub for Latin Alternative artists from all over the US and Latin America during another incredible Latin Alternative Music Conference, aka LAMC. This year was the 16th annual LAMC and we partied like so. We enjoyed the showcases, the interesting panels, the live shows in the park, and all the goodies in our LAMC bags!
Musicians from all over came to showcase their talents for New York music lovers. Vicentico was definitely the big star at the conference. Everyone anticipated getting that coveted photo of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs’ frontman. Our photographer Lou Aguilar, who is also a big fan, was there to bring you these awesome shots of his performance at SummerStage as well as some candid shots of people at the conference.
Panels included a very special presentation by Charly Alberti (Soda Stereo) talking about his foundation R21. There was also a conversation panel with Vicentico discussing the 20th year anniversary of Rey Azucar. This panel was led by Raul Campos from KCRW with guests Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth (Tom Tom Club, Talking Heads).
Each year there seems to be more buzz surrounding the LAMC than in previous years, which is an excellent thing because we get to see the conference through many different perspectives. There is so much going on at LAMC that it’s impossible for one person or outlet to catch it all.
My new favorite groups were Torreblanca, Centavrus, and Buscabulla which I got to enjoy at Highline Ballroom for the indie music showcase. Buscabulla was awarded the Artist Discovery Award by LAMC as well as most photogenic performance, awarded by me… See the pictures below! We also got to hang out with really cool and talented DJs, Basico3 from Guatemala and DJ Juan Data from Cali. Check out their mixes on Soundcloud!
The most exciting show of the conference for me was Los Auténticos Decadentes at Celebrate Brooklyn with Astro and Kinky. All bands we’ve seen perform at previous conferences, but we didn’t mind, we didn’t mind at all. If getting wet with Los Auténticos Decadentes (you had to be there to know what I mean!) could be on my list of things to do every summer, it would be! Porque yo, no quiero trabajar, no quiero ir a estudiar, no…
Since 2010 we have taken part in the conference to bring you an inside look at what the conference is all about. Each year we become more excited about this movement and the musicians who represent this new flavor of Latin Music, an ever expanding genre that can be enjoyed by all, not just Latinos.
LAMC is now 16 years alive with music and here we bring you some of our favorite memories of this year’s conference. Enjoy!
Photos by Lou Aguilar, Nicole Gonzalez, and Joana Gonzalez