The Latin Indie Sensations That Americans Have Never Heard Of
PSFK ventures to Summerstage to hear the Grammy winners who perform below the pop radar in partnership with Nokia.
Despite the high cost of living in the city, from astronomical rents to the hefty price of a night on the town, there are still a few bargains to be had in New York. One of these is Summerstage: a yearly series of free programs sponsored by the City Parks Foundation “to serve the diverse communities of New York City.” Diverse is certainly the word, as events can range from concerts by the Metropolitan Opera to the Latin Alternative Music Conference, which PSFK attended this weekend.
This marks the 14th year of what the New York Times called “the Latin alternative music equivalent of the Sundance Film Festival.” The line-up included such major names as Carla Morrison and Julieta Venegas, who though mostly unknown to many indie rock fans in the US are powerhouses in the Latin community–selling millions of records and racking up multiple Grammys.
However, the massive crowds on Saturday included everyone from tattooed hipsters, to middle-aged parents with kids in tow, to grandmas shouting lyrics in unison, so it seems like these musicians may be developing a mainstream following. The show was a huge success, and a great way to cap off the final day of a festival that also included panels, videos, installations, and a diverse array of performances. As always, the Latin Alternative Music Conference is one of the largest celebrations of just-under-the-radar Latin culture in the world, representing every genre from hip hop to punk.
All the pictures taken above were snapped on the new Nokia Lumia 928 whose wide screen helped to capture a full view of these amazing performers in action, and the built-in image adjusters kept the tone of the photos consistent as the light faded into evening. As well, after the concert, the Lumia’s native Here app was able to recommend local restaurants and give real-time traffic info, helping to make the evening’s transitions as seamless as possible.
So if you find yourself in the city this summer and at a loss for how to spend the evening, look up the Summerstage schedule, and let it guide you towards some of the best events of the season.
SummerStage takes place at Rumsey Playfield at Central Park on 69th and 5th Ave.
Check out our comparison photos below to see the difference between the camera on the Nokia Lumia 928 and the iPhone 4: