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Arts & Cultural Events

¡Arriba! Latin Dance Party with Conjunto Guantánamo

Wednesday, July 3, 2019
6 – 9pm
On the High Line between 15th and 16th Streets
Enter at 14th Street
UPDATE: Advance RSVP is currently closed. On-site registration may be available if space permits. We invite you to register for our next event on August 7: ¡Arriba! Latin Dance Party with Avenida B.

Loosen up your hips, grab your friends, and salsa to the rowdy percussions, pounding bass lines, riveting trumpets, and sultry vocals of Conjunto Guantánamo, ambassadors of Cuban folklore. These classic Afro-Cuban sounds will leave you sweating. Join us at 6pm for a DJ set by Bembona, or come early for a drink at Hearth and a killer sunset view!


Conjunto Guantánamo — ambassadors of Cuban Folklore — have arrived with a freshly interpreted, classic Afro-Cuban sound. Lively percussion, pounding syncopated bass lines, exotic trumpet melodies, uninhibited improvisation, and the sultry, dynamic lead vocal of Pepito Gomez positively scorch in a variety of vintage and original compositions. Layered with authentic Cuban swing and sophisticated influences, their performances sometimes transition into extended experimental Afro-Cuban improvisational jam sessions. Founded in 2003, Conjunto Guantánamo have performed across such diverse NYC venues and events as Lincoln Center’s Boro-Linc: La Casita, Louis Armstrong House Museum, the Live at the Gantries summer series, Lowell Folk Festival, The Museum of Modern Art, and more.

Founder Ulises Beato (director, conga, vocals) along with José Pepito Gomez (vocals, guitar, tres), Carlos Mena (bass, vocals), Ittetsu Nasuda (piano), Oscar Oñoz (trumpet), and Mauricio Herrera (bongo) are the celebrated musicians who create this unique sound.

Bembona is a Puerto Rican-Panamanian DJ, multi-platform artist, and activist, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Her work represents and pushes forward the Afro-Diasporadical movement—Latinx/Indigenous/Caribbean/African—with the purpose of empowering and connecting communities of color, across generations, social movements, and beyond.

She’s toured in Colombia, spun at the Afro-Latino Festival, opened for Bomba Estéreo in New York, produced mixtapes for the legendary salsa label Fania Records, and represents one-third of Loca Vibes Radio, a two-hour independent guerrilla radio show aired through Radio Free Brooklyn.


Major support for High Line Programs is provided by The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston.

High Line Accessibility and Programs are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Council, under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson.

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