“Viva La Comida! puts the spotlight on the ethnic food of the city’s most diverse borough – Queens”
“A culinary and entertainment extravaganza!”
“A celebration of amazing food, beautiful culture, and Jackson Heights, a wonderful, vibrant community in Queens.”
82nd Street between Roosevelt Ave. & Baxter Ave.
Take the to 82nd Street!
Viva La Comida is a festival highlighting the cultural diversity of Queens, combining food with music, art, dancing, entertainment and more on a street known for its outpouring of vibrancy.
With local food trucks, an art exhibition, an open market atmosphere, and dancing amid live music from a collection of latin, jazz, and roots bands, this is a pure celebration of what makes 82nd Street the heart of the city.
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Is an Afro-Colombian musical ensemble comprised of some of the finest Colombian musicians in the united states.
The group was created from the desire of Ronald Polo, (vocalist/composer/gaitero), Morris Cañate, (master folkloric percussionist), and later on Johanna Castaneda (Vocalist/musician) to promote the rich musical traditions of their ancestors; the afro-descendents of Colombia’s caribbean coast.
It is their belief that these folkloric traditions should continually evolve over time and with the ideas of new generations of folklorists. This belief is surely reflected in their music.The original compositions of Ronald Polo forge new paths for Colombian music while respectfully remaining faithful to its ancestral roots. In the process, they create a truly unique musical and cultural experience.
From traditional songs to original compositions, the entirely of Rebolú’s repertoire is loaded with energy, history and danceability. Their unique reinterpretations of traditional Afro-Colombian rhythms such as Gaita, Tambora, Chalupa and Bullerengue, among others, make it extremely well suited not only for festivals and cultural events, but also for nightclubs. We hope you listen and enjoy…
JAY RODRIGUEZ Y SU CONJUNTO LATIN SWING
Jay Rodriguez is one of the busiest men in jazz, and one of the few playing most all the reeds as a leader and sideman with wildly diverse musicians, synthesizing these experiences within his own projects. Jay picked up the clarinet in grade school at age 7, after moving to NYC in 1970 from Barranquilla, Colombia, and furthered his reed studying with Phil Woods (´82-´84), Joe Allard, Tito D’Rivera (father of Paquito) and Joe Henderson. He was playing lead alto with the late great Tito Puente by the age of 15, graduated with the highest honors from New York City’s renowned High School for the Performing Arts and continued his studies at Manhattan School of Music and The New School.
He is also the Musical Director and founding member of the New York City phenomenon Groove Collective. In its over two-decade career, the band has opened for and jammed with James Brown, backed Tupac Shakur, and shared the stage with Isaac Hayes, Erykah Badu, The Roots, and B.B. King, among others. Rodriguez also earned two of his three Grammy Nominations for the band’s album “Declassified.” Jay earned one of his Grammy Nominations for the band’s album “People People Music Music” (2006).
Jay is bringing a Latin Swing ensamble that reinterprets the blues and swing rhythms under the light of the clave.
LOS HABANEROS NYC
The explosive Los Habaneros are a force to behold on stage. Mixing musical styles from their home in Cuba with the diversity of sounds they encountered when they made New York City their home, Los Habaneros transcend traditional musical genres to create a real fusion that provokes fans into hip-shaking abandon. The band is comprised of a young generation of Havana-trained musicians, including artistic director and pianist Axel Tosca Laugart, and percussionist Yusnier Sanchez Bustamante.
The band’s first album, Somos Latinos (2013), was released to very high critical acclaim. It was produced by Latin Grammy-nominated Luisito Quintero, and included 5 time Grammy-award winning bassist John Benitez. Los Habaneros have toured in Peru, Canada, Qatar, and all throughout the United States. They have played at the Kennedy Center for the Arts as official performers for TEDMED, the American Folk Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, BB King Blues Club, Subrosa, BAMCafe, The Green Space, Sounds of Brazil (SOBs), Le Poisson Rouge, The Bronx Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, Live at the Gantries, Roulette, Gonzalez y Gonzalez, Taj, and many others.
Their second album, LOS HABANEROS NYC, was released in winter 2018.
FLAMENCO WITH ALFONSO CID & DUETO ANDALUZ
Featuring: Alfonso Cid, vocals and flute. Daniel Pimentel, guitar. Natalia Loza, dancer. Guillermo Barrón, percussion
Show consists of demonstrating and transmitting the multidisciplinary art of the Andalusian Gypsy culture through Flamenco music, singing and dancing originated in the southern part of Spain and recognized and appreciated throughout the world.
Alfonso Cid was born and raised in Sevilla, the heartland of flamenco music. He also had the opportunity of attending the activities of one the most significant flamenco clubs in Andalusia, the Peña Flamenca Torres-Macarena in Seville. Alfonso has toured extensively throughout the USA, Latin America, Israel, and Europe, and has just toured Spain last February of 2018 with the Jazz/Flamenco band New Bojaira by pianist Jesús Hernández from Granada, Spain.
The “Dueto Andaluz” does not fit only in the style and repertoire of Flamenco but also plays Jazz, Classical and Mexican music but with the Mediterranean and Andalusian touch and sound. The Andalusian Duet is composed of the guitarist, composer and arranger Daniel Pimentel and the dancer Natalia Loza who apart from the zapateado masterfully manages the castanets, shawl, and fan. Both are a reference to Flamenco in Mexico.
RAFAEL CASTILLO-HALVORSSEN TRIO
Rafael Castillo-Halvorssen is a trumpeter, composer, singer, and bandleader born and raised in Boulder, CO, where he grew up listening to the Beatles, merengue, and Louis Armstrong. With his trio, you can find him performing all over New York City, playing a wide variety music, from ragtime and son montuno to bebop.
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The 82nd Street Partnership is an award-winning neighborhood development group founded in 1990 that serves nearly 200 businesses in Jackson Heights and Elmhurst, Queens. Its mission is to improve neighborhood quality of life and support small business growth by creating a more inviting and vibrant commercial corridor.
Funding for the event is provided by private and public sponsors.