Live Concert Photography: Summerstage LAMC and Cosquin Rock Present Leon Geico with Kevin Johansen, Juan Ingaramo, and Silvina Moreno at Queensbridge Park 6/26/19
Back in 1986, City Parks Foundation created SummerStage in the spirt of Central Park’s original purpose — to serve as a free, public resource to help culturally enrich the lives of New Yorkers through live concerts, dance performances, and other cultural events. Starting with relatively humble beginnings at Central Park’s Naumberg Bandshell and expanding to an annual series of over 100 free, outdoor performances at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield and 17 other neighborhood parks across the city’s five borough’s between June and October to over 200,000 New Yorkers — the majority being free of charge.
Much like its counterpart outdoor concert festival, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, SummerStage has hosted an eclectic and lengthy list of internationally renowned and emerging acts across a wide variety of genres, cultures and styles on all of their stages including Sun Ra Arkestra, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Mavis Staples, Elvis Costello, Big Daddy Kane, Seun Kuti, Femi Kuti, Lettuce, PJ Harvey, Dr. John, Bonobo, Blood Orange, Roy Ayers, McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Ron Carter, Homeboy Sandman, Whoodini, Pete Rock and CL Smooth, DMC, Common and a lengthy list of others.
Over the past decade, SummerStage has expanded with showcases and other performances in a number of parks across the city’s five boroughs. Earlier this year Cosquin Rock, an Argentine music festival held in Cosquin, Cordoba, Argentina, which features some of the most important rock bands from the Spanish-speaking world along with Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) and SummerStage hosted a late June afternoon showcase of Argentine music and culture in Queensbridge Park — the first time the festival has hosted a showcase outside of Argentina — that featured Juan Gieco, the Bob Dylan of Argentina; Kevin Johansen, a sub-tropicalista rocker, who spent the 90s in NYC with The Nada; Juan Ingaramo, a Cordoba-born, Buenos Aires-based producer and artist, best known for crafting romantic electro pop — but who dabbled in trap with 2018’s Best Seller; and Silvina Moreno, an up-and-coming pop artist, who studied at Berklee College of Music and recently opened for Ed Sheehan. Check out photos from the afternoon below.
Of course, you can’t have an afternoon of Argentina music and culture without tango dancing.