Celebrate Peru’s Independence Day at Live at the Gantries

What: Free Peruvian outdoor concerts for Live at the Gantries

Where: Gantry Plaza State Park, Queens

When: July 28th, 7:00 p.m. (Pachamama Peruvian Arts), August 25th, 6:00p.m. (Afrodita)

Why: As the city’s second largest borough, Queens also has the largest Peruvian population in New York. So, it’s only fitting that Pachamama Peruvian Arts—the Queens-based organization promoting cultural interchange through music and dance—will grace the Gantries along the East River this evening to commemorate Peru’s Independence Day.

Pachamama began with a desire to keep U.S.-born Peruvian Americans connected to the sounds and movements of Latin America while promoting understanding between local Peruvians and its surrounding non-native community. “Pachamama represents the very best in Peruvian music and dance right here in Queens,” said Chris Henderson, of Live at the Gantries.

Expect to see Pachamama fulfill its cultural mission with an hour-long performance of traditional dances like the tuntuna, marinera nortena, and carnavalito. Enjoy the sounds of Peru’s many regions including huaynos in the Incan language of Kechwa. A cameo from the Cajon, the national instrument of Peru, from the hands of percussionist Hector Morales will be a highlight of the night.

But the South American vibe won’t stop after Tuesday. Hop on the 7 train again on August 25th for Afrodita featuring Hector Morales—music from the black Peru style, Rumba, Arabic motives, and rock, all tied together by spirited lyrics and social consciousness.

“From Bessie-awarded modern dance to internationally-acclaimed African Drumming, Live at the Gantries is a great example of everything Queens has to offer,” said Henderson.

Cost: Free

How to get there: Take the 7 train heading to Queens. Exit at Vernon Boulevard/Jackson Avenue. Walk west on 50th Ave towards 5th street. Turn right on 5th, left onto Hunters Point Ave. Live at the Gantries is a free outdoor concert series—for details and a full list of their summer shows visit liveatthegantries.com

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