Stage Garden Rumba-the multidisciplinary performance series that brings live poetry, music and dance performances to green spaces and “Casitas” (community gardens) across the South Bronx-has an exciting lineup of FREE performances this Saturday, June 26 at Willis Avenue Garden from 3:00 p.m. (full schedule and location information below):
Hosted by the famous spoken word poet Caridad De La Luz with poetry by de La Luz, Wordz LawyerDJ Jose Torres, Paul La Torre and Brandon Wright featuring music from Alex “Apollo” Ayala’s Bámbula project, known for its vibrant fusion of Afro-Puerto Rican “Bomba” with jazz. Jorge Vazquez Bomba y Plena will also bring his mixture of popular rhythms “Bomba” and “Plena” with poetry, good singing and lots of sabor, as well as Mazarte dance company-which bring folklore to life by drawing inspiration from traditional Mexican dance and indigenous art.
Stage Garden Rumba’s return to plazas and community gardens in the Bronx is part of Con Edison’s new project Al Fresco Arts Series-which provides support for free and safe outdoor artistic experiences. The series has twice won the Lincoln Center Cultural Innovation Fund and is made possible, in part, by Con Edison and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. For a complete list of our funders, visit www.pregonesprtt.org.
JUNE 19 in the garden of Pregones, 575 Walton Avenue
JUNE 21 at Lou Gehrig Plaza, 851 Great Hall – Open culture with 161 Street BID
JUNE 26 at Willis Avenue Garden, 401 E 143 St.
JULY 10 at Sunshine Garden, 1768 Bryant Avenue
JULY 17 at La Finca del Sur, 757 Melrose Avenue
JULY 24 at Brook Park, Brook Avenue and E 141 Street