Bronx Music Heritage Center’s Fall Season Features Jazz, Music From Immigrant Bands, And More

This fall, the Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC) will present 15 lively programs to entertain audiences of all ages, featuring a diverse mix of cultural traditions that enrich the borough – African American, Colombian, Dominican, Gambian, Garifuna, Puerto Rican and more.

The season kicked off on Thursday, September 5 with “Nuevas Voces/New Voices in Latin Jazz,” featuring Colombian artist Alea in a performance that fuses cumbia and jazz. Next in the fall lineup is “Bochinchando: Bronx Comedy Stage” on September 12, featuring comedian Peaches Rodríguez and Latin comedy diva Sara Contreras.

Festive shows will celebrate the festivities from Halloween to New Years, including multi-Grammy-nominated Latin jazz percussionist Bobby Sanabria and Project X’s live musical performance during a screening of the Mexican version of Dracula ( October 26); Song and dance of Garifuna festivals (December 15); a Puerto Rican Christmas carol procession (December 21); and a New Year’s Eve party with Sanabria and Sexteto Ibiano (December 31).

The fall season will also be marked by BMHC’s popular monthly series, Bronx Rising!, hosted by Sanabria and award-winning folklorist Elena Martínez. Climbing the Bronx! performances will include “Spirit of Ana: Basumun from the Gambia,” featuring Gambian master musician Salieu Suso (September 21); “100 Years of Lolita,” with music to mark the centenary of the birth of Puerto Rican political activist Lolita Lebron (November 9); and Parranda con Paranda: La Mancha de Platano, which will celebrate the Caribbean staple, the plantain, through songs by Garifuna, Puerto Rican and Dominican artists (December 14).

“Our goal is to work with Bronx musicians to create events and performances that draw on the themes and traditions of the communities that call the Bronx home – from African wedding traditions to Puerto Rican holiday songs to Caribbean eating habits – through informative, incredibly fun and, at the same time, musically entertaining programs,” said BMHC Co-Artistic Director Elena Martínez.

All events are free for children under 12. The BMHC is accessible by train, bus, car and on foot – located a short distance from the Freeman St. stop on trains 2 and 5 – at 1303, boul. Louis Nine. in the Bronx. For more information on each fall season event, see below, and for updates, visit the BMHC website, www.thisisbronxmusic.org.

– September –

Nuevas Voces / New Voices of Latin Jazz: Alea

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 7 P.M.

$7 adults / $5 students and seniors

Colombian artist Alea performs with Sinuhé Padilla-Isunza and Franco Pinna, delivering a high-energy performance that swings between cumbia, vallenato, rancheras, jazz and pop, creating a diverse soundscape.

Bochinchando: Bronx Comedy Scene

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 7 P.M.

$7 adults / $5 students and seniors

Bronx Comedy! Hosted by comedian Peaches Rodríguez, the Bronx Comedy Showcase will feature Latin comedy diva Sara Contreras and music from DJ KS 360. Content may include adult language and themes.

Natural Woman

FRI, SEPTEMBER 20, 8 PM

FREE

Singer Elissa Carmona pays tribute to the life and music of famous soul singer Aretha Franklen. Sponsored by the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Citizens Committee of New York and board member Vanessa Gibson.

Climbing the Bronx! Spirit of Ana: Basumun from Gambia

SAT, SEPTEMBER 21, 7 PM

$7 adults / $5 students and seniors

A traditional Manden wedding night celebration in which the women of the bridge family form a drum circle and sing songs to welcome the children into marriage. Led by master musician from Gambia, Salieu Suso.

Palabreando: Open mic lyrics

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 7 P.M.

FREE

A multilingual night of spoken word and poetry, hosted by multidisciplinary artist Bocafloja. Lyrical Bliss co-host.

– October –

Coquito Qualifiers: Opening Night

SAT 12 OCT, 7 PM

$7 adults / $5 students and seniors

Kick off the holiday season with this tasting of Puerto Rico’s favorite seasonal refreshment. With music and humor!

Nuevas Voces / New Voices of Latin Jazz: Miguel Andres Tejada Trio / Panamanian Dances

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 7 P.M.

$7 adults / $5 students and seniors

The pianist and director of the Dominican Ministry of Culture in New York will perform with his trio, made up of drummer Francisco Mela and bassist Peter Slavov. Refreshments for sale!

Rock the Bronx: showcasing emerging musicians

SAT, OCT 19, 7 PM

$7 adults / $5 students and seniors

An open-mic showcase featuring up-and-coming musicians from all genres, hosted by rock drummer and music industry representative Marco Soccoli. In partnership with The Underground FLC and The Fox and King, Inc.

Climbing the Bronx! Halloween: something to eat

SAT, OCT 26, 7 PM

$7 adults / $5 students and seniors

Multiple Grammy-nominated Bobby Sanabria and Project X will perform live music on the Mexican version of Dracula (1933). Snacks sold by Yalisza Bakes!

– November –

Climbing the Bronx! 100 years of Lolita

SAT, NOVEMBER 9, 7 P.M.

$7 adults / $5 students and seniors

Celebration of the centenary of the birth of Puerto Rican political activist Lolita Lebron, with the music of Abrazos Army, led by founders Amy Ponce and Anibal Collazo Jr., with singer/poet Not4Prophet.

Palabreando: Open mic lyrics

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 7 P.M.

FREE

A multilingual night of spoken word and poetry, hosted by multidisciplinary artist Bocafloja. Lyrical Bliss co-host.

– December –

Climbing the Bronx! Parranda con Paranda: La Mancha de Platano

SAT, DEC 14, 7 PM

$7 adults / $5 students and seniors

The plantain staple is celebrated with music and song by Garifuna, Puerto Rican and Dominican performers. With James Lovell, Wabafu Dance Theatre, Jorge Vazquez, KumbaCarey and more.

Garifuna Serenata

SUN 15 DEC, 7:30 PM

FREE

Celebrate the holidays like the Garifuna do in Honduras! The event will conclude with a performance led by Joseph Chatoyer’s Chief Dance Troupe of James Lovell and Felix Gamboa.

Melrose Perranda

SAT, DEC 21, 6 PM

FREE

Our annual Puerto Rican Christmas carol procession will stop at the casita gardens in the Melrose neighborhood of the Bronx, ending at the most famous casita, Rincón Criollo.

new year party

TUE DEC 31, 10 PM

$15

Family-friendly New Year’s Eve party featuring Grammy-nominated drummer/percussionist Bobby Sanabria and Sexteto Ibiano.

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