2016 Main Stage

2016 Main Stage Lineup and Schedule

2016 Schedule

Community Carnival Parade:

11:00amKick-off/Staging site: Avenue C and 10th Street.


Parade Route:

East on 10th Street to Avenue D, south on D to 6th Street, west on 6th to Avenue C, right on C, north to 12th Street and ending at Festival’s Main Stage by 12:00.

Stage Line Up Schedule:

12:00 p.m. National Anthems and Welcome Remarks

12:10 p.m. Herencia de mi Tambó (Bomba)

12:25 p.m. Jeanne d’Arc Casas (Flamenco)

12:45 p.m. Plenatorium Project Ensemble (Old-style Plena)

1:05 p.m. Lizbeth Román (Bohemia Caribeña)

1:25 p.m. DayLuv (Hip Hop)

1:45 p.m. 2016 Loisaida Awards

2:15 p.m. Maxine Ashley (Neo-Soul)

2:45 p.m. Macha Colón y los Okapi (Indie)

3:30 p.m. Iris Chacón (Trio)

4:05 p.m. Johnny Colón and his Orchestra (Boogaloo)

4:50 p.m. Lower East Salsa

5:20 p.m. Closing Remarks

More about the 2016 Main Stage:

Co-hosted by: J.W. Cortés & Iris Chacón

J.W. Cortés is an award-winning actor, Marine combat veteran, singer, filmmaker and philanthropist. Born and raised in Sunset Park Brooklyn, to inspiring Puerto Rican parents, Cortés developed an interest in the arts along with a desire to serve his community and country. Currently Cortés plays the recurring role of “Detective Carlos Alvarez” on FOX’s hit prime-time series “GOTHAM.” He is the first actor in history to portray the iconic comic book character in television and film.


Iris Chacón, Puerto Rican born singer/actress who became internationally famous as “La Vedette de America”. Always causing a sensation wherever she visited, Chacón’s variety show, “The Iris Chacón Show/El Show de Iris Chacón” was a hit in over 15 countries during its height in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

She was the first Hispanic entertainer to ever appear on the front page of the well-known newspaper “The Wall Street Journal”. With her own television show, The Iris Chacón Show, she conquered not only her native Puerto Rico television audience, but the top ratings during prime time television for over fifteen years in such markets as New York, Miami and Chicago.

Her singing talent as well as very peculiar style, gave her two “Gold Record Awards” out of her eight LP’s “La Chacón”, as her fans call her, was the first Latin act ever presented in the famous “Radio City Music Hall” in New York, with sold-out performances for three years in a row. She has also performed at such venues as Madison Square Garden in New York and the Resorts International Hotel in Atlantic City. Throughout her careers she has been invited to many mainstream American talk shows such as the David Letterman Show, The Merv Griffin Show.

Presently residing in Florida, since 1998 she has hosted her own radio program, “Iris Chacón Live”, in Orlando, Florida, a program geared towards beauty, health, fitness and nutrition.


Johnny Colón and his Orchestra

Johnny Colón, was born in New York City to parents of Puerto Rican heritage. He is the director of the Johnny Colon Orchestra, founder of the legendary East Harlem Music School and widely recognized as a major and legendary contributor to the popular boogaloo sound of the 1960s.

Colón, a versatile vocalist, multi-instrumenatlist, arranger and musical director, became one of Latin music’s leading impresarios at the forefront of the new “Latin Boogaloo” sound when he formed the first Johnny Colon Orchestra in the mid 1960’s. He first found success in the world of salsa with his 1966 debut album”Boogaloo Blues” in 1966, which became a classic, selling over 3,000,000 copies worldwide, and which continues to be an anthem for this period on Latin music history. Colón’s hit “Boogaloo Blues” came out during a time of transition in the Latin music scene of New York years before there was such a thing as “salsa,” when the mambo craze was over and Puerto Ricans were coming of age in the city and the “Nuyorican” culture was emerging.

Maxine Ashley

Bronx-born, Boricua-bred singer Maxine Ashley, after years of flexing her killer pipes and covering some of your favorite songs , Maxine and her rebel spirit garnered fans from around the globe and made champions out of fellow artists like Pharrell Williams who signed her to his i am OTHER venture.

Maxine, who credits musical influences like The Smiths and Beyoncé, is an irresistible sancocho of throwback R&B, funk rock, urban pop and new school hip-hop. In her latest single and music video “Lobster” she waxes homegrown poetics inspired by her family’s Latinidad and abuela’s love of cooking lobster. The slowdown trap beat coupled with Maxine’s lusty crooning demonstrates the singer’s artistic flare and bolsters her ability to appeal to the masses. Hailed as one of the most exciting voices to come out of the Boogie Down, Maxine Ashley is ready for the world. Get acquainted.

(excerpt from Vibe: Puerto Rican Misfit And Pharrell Signee Maxine Ashley Got Next)

Lower East Salsa

LowerEastSalsa which has performed at world renowned venues such as B.B.Kings, The World famous CopaCabana,The Tiles Center where they opened up for Gilberto Santa Rosa, S.O.Bs and Latin Quarters just to name a few. LowerEastSalsa is the house band every Thursdays at Don Coqui Astoria Queens where they Broadcast live radio. LowerEastSalsa has released 3 singles titled “Pideme, Baldito Caneka and Luz Del Cielo” which has gained critical acclaim on cdbaby.com, itunes and many more music websites. 2016 brings forth the much anticipated cd debut for LowerEastSalsa which promises to showcase their skills as a Show Band for “La Gente” the people.

Macha Colón y los Okapi

“The offspring between Celia Cruz and Blondie, that’s who I am. When one comes from an island, this type of hybrid is what happens. We represent the cultural sancocho that is Puerto Rico.” says Macha.
Her music consists of classic rock, punk, disco, pop, bolero, funk interlaced with humor. Their live show is provocative, fun and becomes a religious-like experience for those actively participating.

On one occasion, an audience member jumped on stage offering Macha a traditional side dish of “roast pork and green bananas”. She simply ate it while she kept on singing.

Special Interventions by:

Herencia de mi Tambó, Jeanne d’Arc Casas, Plenatorium Project Ensemble, Lizbeth Román and DayLuv.