2017 Main Stage

2017 Main Stage Lineup and Schedule


2017 Community Carnival Parade:

11:00 a.m. Kick-off/Staging site: Avenue C and 10th Street.

Best viewing spot is on East 6th Street and Avenue C

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:

Main Stage is located on the north-side of 12th Street and Avenue C.

12:00 p.m. Welcome Remarks

12:05 p.m. Batalá New York (Samba-Reggae)

12:30 p.m. J.W. Cortés and National Anthem

12:40 p.m. UpBeat Youth (Instrumental)

1:05 p.m. Jean d’Arc Casas (Flamenco)

1:20 p.m. Lizbeth Román (Bohemia Caribeña)

1:35 p.m. Rubí (Rock & Roll)

2:15 p.m. Proclamation and 2017 Viva Loisaida Awards

2:35 p.m. Supermambo (Tribute to Tito Puente)

3:25 p.m. Fran’ Ferrer Puerto Rico 2010 (Descarga, Jibaro, Soul, Funk)

4:25 p.m. Son del Monte (70’s Charanga)

5:05 p.m. Los Pleneros de la 21(Plena)

5:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

More about the 2017 Main Stage:

Hosted by: J.W. Cortés


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.

We are extremely proud to have J.W. come back to host our 30th Loisaida Festival Anniversary!

Batalá New York

Batalá New York is a part of a global arts project made up of over 30 bands around the world. The music of Batalá originates in Salvador, the capital of the state of Bahia, in northeastern Brazil. The international Batalá family owes its existence to Giba Gonçalves, a percussionist, composer and choreographer from El Salvador. The first representation of Batalá in New York City, known as ‘Batalá NYC,’ was born in 2012. In the summer of 2016, under new leadership, this band incorporated as a not-for-profit organization, now called simply ‘Batalá New York.’

“Their instruments and costumes are all hand made in El Salvador. The main musical genre we play is samba-reggae, a heavily percussion-based form that typically employs the five drums played in Batalá.


UpBeat Youth Orchestra

Inspired by the philosophy of Venezuela’s “El Sistema,” husband and wife team Liza Austria and Richard Miller established UpBeat NYC in 2009. UpBeat began its work in Central Brooklyn working in partnership with the BedStuy Campaign Against Hunger and in the South Bronx at the Promised Land Church. Initially, the staff included just four instructors: Richard, Liza, her mother Chris and younger brother John. As the volunteer staff grew, so did the program, yet UpBeat retained its original family feel.

From UpBeat’s very first days in Mott Haven—when children discovered the program by walking in from the street and signing up for a piano lesson, or by tagging along with a friend or family member to get a chance to try a violin.

“UpBeat NYC has embraced the community’s children with open arms. Through the years, the program has become known among local families as a trusted place where their children can safely study and explore music.”

As more and more children became consistent participants, we were able to form an ensemble that began performing in the neighborhood and around the city. The ensemble, now the UpBeat Youth Orchestra, gave over 20 public performances in NYC in last season, in venues such as El Museo del Barrio, the Hostos Center for Culture and the Arts, the Cinco de Mayo Festival in Flushing Meadow Park, the Lincoln Hospital, the New York City Marathon, the Longwood Arts Festival, Mott Haven Library’s Summer Reading Kick-off, International Worker’s Day, South Bronx Unite’s Waterfront Celebration and the Queens Museum of Art. Students from the Youth Orchestra have been accepted into prestigious NYC-area high school music programs, including Laguardia High School for the Arts, and Celia Cruz Bronx High School for the Arts. Several students also participated in the 2016 National Take a Stand Festival, where students ages 12 and up from El Sistema-inspired programs across the country were selected to participate in a week-long summer workshop after a competitive audition process.



Rubí is a straight up Rock & Roll band founded by two New Yorkers: tenor vocalist/lyricist José Joaquín García, black Puerto Rican from the Lower East Side, and composer, arranger and rhythm guitarist Jesse Alexander Myerson, Jewish kid from Washington Heights. Together, they have created an authentic Rock & Roll Neoyorquino band sound, tying together old school styles with a brand new spirit, and carrying the lineage of Puerto Rican/Jewish collaborations throughout music history into the 21st Century. For that purpose, they have assembled a group of seasoned gunslinger New York musicians to round out Rubí: ruthless shredder Elvin Cartagena on guitar, the smooth queen of funk Jessie Cartagena on bass, el maestro Jonathan Hardy on the keys, Urbano “In the Pocket” Sanchez on drums, and barrio boy Chéo Rodriguez on percussion.

“Rubí brings a heavy sound with nasty grooves, performing in Spanish and English with full-throttle urgency. Their mixture of original tunes and old time Boricua classics, injected with Rubí’s special brand of asphalt, creates a unique sonic experience. José and Jesse set out to make a New York sound serious enough to reflect the current moment, and fun enough to keep the people dancing all night — so dance!”



SUPERMAMBO will bring a vibes tribute to Tito Puento; “El Timbalero Mayor”.

“Grammy-nominated Felipe Fournier is a percussionist and vibes player from Costa Rica who plays with Ruben Blades and classic salsa outfit Our Latin Thing.”

Felipe has assembled a group of musicians who have collectively played with some of the greatest Latin musicians – Eddie Palmieri, Willie Colon as well as the late Tito Puente himself. Band Members are Felipe Fournier-Vibraphone, Camilo Molina-Congas, Joel Mateo-Drums, Dan Martinez-Bass, Rey Alejandre-Trombone & Piano


Son del Monte

The new and hottest band in New York City performing unique tunes from various artists. Son Del Monte is a 10 or 11 piece band which features the flute, violin and trombone. On Flute is the virtuoso Mauricio Smith Jr. son of the late Mauricio Smith Sr. who played Flute and Saxophone for Machito and his Afrocubans and various artists. On Violin is Eddie Venegas, who also plays trombone and is a composer. He performs regularly with a variety of Latin, Jazz, Classical, and Popular music ensembles. On Trombone is Charlie Garcia, a composer and arranger as well. On Piano is Eli Rivera, on Bass is Bert Castro, on Conga is Joe Gonzalez and on Timbales is Manuel Rivera, the bandleader. The singers are Luis Ayala, Armando Jimenez and Luis Soto. All known as lead singers and “coristas” is a testament of their talent. Son Del Monte consists of the up most soulful and professional musicians in the music industry today.

“As the bandleader, Manuel Rivera has been a musician for more than 45 years and has played many different Latin music genres and with more than 10 orchestras well known locally and internationally.”

Manny Rivera’s musical career started playing Bongo in a Latin Workshop band which eventually became Orchestra Yambu. Yambu was known for its Latin Jazz style and Disco Hit “Sunny”, his first recording. Subsequently, Manny joined the original Charanga Orchestra Sublime of New York City, doubling up on Bongo and Timbales. He recorded on Sublime’s first two albums in 1977 and 1979. In 2001, rejoined the Orchestra Sublime now known as Sonsublime. Manny recorded on Sonsublime’s Gran Reserva and Bailando Con Sonsublime, their latest CDs. He studied various folkloric rhythms, Bata drums and sight reading at the Harbor’s Conservatory of Music in El Barrio in New York City under the guidance of the Master Louie Bauzo. He has performed with Bassist William Millan, of the original Conjunto Saoco, singers Henry Fiol, Ray Ramos, and Luis Ayala. Also performed with Yerason and the MTG All Stars Orchestra under the direction of Hector Leguillow and other various artists.


Fran’ Ferrer Puerto Rico 2010

“Fran’ Ferrer, the renowned Puerto Rican musician, composer and record producer will be a first timer at the Loisaida Festival on Sunday, May 28, 2017, with his show Fran’ Ferrer Revisita Puerto Rico 2010 (Fran’ Ferrer Revisits Puerto Rico 2010).

Fran’―whose career spans more than 50 years of intense musical work―is the founder of the iconic 70s band Puerto Rico 2010 and the “all stars” music concept Descarga Boricua (Puerto Rican jam session). Likewise, he is recognized for the wide range of genres he has explored which runs the gamut of rock, jazz, fusion of Latin American, Antillean, Afro-Puerto Rican/Cuban rhythms, nueva trova and salsa. He is also distinguished as one of the most influential producers of contemporary music in Puerto Rico. Fran has launched the careers of some of the most renowned music performers of the Island. In fact, major singer-songwriters of the likes of Antonio Cabán Vale, (El Topo), Roy Brown and Glenn Monroig, as well as Lalo Rodríguez, Batacumbele, Lucesita Benítez acknowledge that their careers began or kicked off thanks to this music visionary.

Always at the forefront and true to his socio-political convictions, early in the 70s Fran’ presented a new and aggressive musical proposal in harmony with the changes demanded by the Times. That proposal found resonance in students and workers, who welcomed it with fervent enthusiasm and who―50 years later!―are still his loyal fans. At the Loisaida Festival, Fran, accompanied by 10 musicians, will perform songs that will be part of his next musical project: “La rumba bona”, “La negra conga” and “Maelo y el Cristo Negro”, (in commemoration of of Ismael Rivera on the 30th anniversary of his passing, May 13, 1987).


Special Interventions by:

Jeanne d’Arc Casas, Lizbeth Román & Los Pleneros de la 21