A number of panels happened this morning, the first of which featured former KCRW music director and MBE host Nic Harcourt — both an established music supervisor and promoter of Latin Alternative — discussing “Licensing in 2012: Are Advertising, Games & Synchs the New Radio?”
But as ever, Friday’s all about the big show in Prospect Park and this time the LAMC/Celebrate Brooklyn Show was HUGE!
The line to get into the show stretched for miles… literally, and the park reached capacity so quickly many hundreds of people couldn’t get in. It was the most crowded we’ve ever seen it in all the years of LAMC.
There was a reason for this however…an awesome line-up! Cypress Hill percussionist Eric Bobo and Chilean DJ Bitman form the duo Ritmo Machine and they got the show off to a bang and had a crushed audience dancing in unconscious synchronous swell the only way they could.
Chilean Hip-Hop and skyrocketing star Ana Tijoux opened her act to a crowd roar as she took the stage. Tijoux’s stage presence manages to somehow balance graciousness with dominance and there is no denying she is fast becoming a global talent and respected lyricist and artist.
It makes sense such a socially and politically conscious act opened for the headliners — Puerto Rican legends Calle 13! Their multi-instrumental genre-defying urban style ruled the evening and all of Brooklyn with their performance and capped an incomparable night of music.
As the crowd took their time dispersing Prospect Park on a gorgeous NYC night, we hurried back to our balcony studio — we had live interviews with Chilean’s prodigious talent Alex Anwandter, the entirety of L.A.’s latest and greatest party band - La Santa Cecilia to cram into our room for a chat, and finally a live set by DJ Raff — another talent coming out of Santiago. There is no doubt Chile is really representing the serious talent in Latin Alternative of late! One more day to go!