Rita Indiana, Geko Jones And Choc Quib Town Play Central Park For LAMC

On July 9, Rita Indiana performed her brand of merengue-infused pop on Central Park's Summer Stage as part of the Latin Alternative Music Conference. i i

On July 9, Rita Indiana performed her brand of merengue-infused pop on Central Park's Summer Stage as part of the Latin Alternative Music Conference. Noelia Quintero hide caption

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On July 9, Rita Indiana performed her brand of merengue-infused pop on Central Park's Summer Stage as part of the Latin Alternative Music Conference.

On July 9, Rita Indiana performed her brand of merengue-infused pop on Central Park's Summer Stage as part of the Latin Alternative Music Conference.

Noelia Quintero

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Two Saturdays ago, I was lucky enough to visit New York's Central Park for a special concert featuring Rita Indiana and Choc Quib Town. In between sets, DJ Geko Jones spun masterfully short tracks, sampled Beyoncé and fired up the crowd. He declared that "Colombia está presente!" — Colombia is here!

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I surprised myself by screaming, "RITA!" when the fabulous Rita Indiana took the stage, rolling my Rs like the best of them. Some folks ahead of me got seriously down to the Dominican "lover boy" and her brand of sped-up merengue. I couldn't let loose as much as they did, but seeing an androgynous Latina take the stage, without apology or artifice, made one of the most exciting scenes I've witnessed in a long time. Her hard-working male backup dancers were like an inside joke about the music industry.

When Choc Quib Town played, we in the audience got a reprieve from the drastic summer heat as a cool breeze began to blow. One of the group's lead singers, Tostao, asked everyone to focus their energy on the music and the moment. It must have worked, because soon the sounds of the Colombian Coast lulled everyone into a kind of collective groove. Once the band sang, "somos pacifico" — we are pacific — I could finally get down. From there, the buena onda, or good energy, just flowed, past the taco stands and the remote-controlled sailboats on the pond, all the way to the outer boroughs.

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Rita Indiana, Geko Jones Y Choc Quib Town Tocan En Central Park Para LAMC

El sábado pasado tuve la suerte de ver a un concierto especial del grupos Rita Indiana y Choc Quib Town en Central Park. Mientras las bandas preparaban, DJ Geko Jones puso pistas cortas con su típica maestría, usó muestras de canciones de Beyoncé y animó a los espectadores. Él declaró que "¡Colombia está presente!"

Yo me sorprendí al grita "RITA" cuando la fabulosa Rita Indiana empezó a tocar. Hasta pronuncié bien la erre como hispano hablante. Algunos chicos en frente de mi bailaban y brincaban como locos al escuchar a la nombrada "loverboy" dominicana y su estilo de merengue rápido. No pude dejarme ir tanto como ellos, pero ver a una Latina andrógina tocar, sin disculpas o artificio, se formó una de las escenas mas inspiradoras que he visto en hace mucho tiempo. Sus bailarines trabajadores eran como una burla de la industria musical.

Cuando tocó Choc Quib Town, recibimos un descanso del calor radical cuando empezó a soplar un rico viento. Uno de los cantantes del grupo, Tostao pidió que todos enfocaran su energía en la música y en el momento. Se supone que funcionó, porque de pronto los sonidos de la costa colombiana arrullaron a todos y nos movimos al mismo latido. Cuando la banda empezó a cantar "Somos Pacifico" por fin pude bailar sin pensar en los demás. De ahí fluyó la buena onda, mas allá de los quioscos de tacos y los veleros de juguete en el estanque del parque, hasta las afueras de la ciudad.

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