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January 06, 2017

A Talk with Rubén Blades on January 24 is Latest Program in the ¡VAYA! 63 Series at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

David Rubenstein Atrium

Press Contacts:

For Lincoln Center: Marian Skokan


For NYU:  Rachel Harrison






 Free Event, Which Features Blades in Conversation with NYU Professor Carlos Chirinos Speaking About the Future of Latin Music and Music’s Role in Advocating for Social Change,

Will Also be Streamed on Facebook Live


New York, NY (January 6, 2017) – Giant of Latin Music Rubén Blades comes to Lincoln Center on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 7:30 pm for “Conversations in Latin Music,” the latest event in the free ¡VAYA! 63 series at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium.  Blades will sit down for a lively conversation with Carlos Chirinos, associate professor of music business at NYU Steinhardt and co-curator of the ¡VAYA! 63 series, about the future of Latin Music and music’s role in advocating for social change.  The conversation will be streamed on Facebook Live on Lincoln Center’s Facebook page.


A fourteen-time Grammy Award winner, the internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter, and actor Rubén Blades has a Master’s degree in international law, and a career as a politician in his native Panamá. He holds honorary degrees from CUNY and Berklee College of Music. Blades has appeared in more than 40 films and recently on American television in the series Fear the Walking Dead.  In 1994, he ran unsuccessfully for presidency of Panamá, but in 2004 was appointed Minister of Tourism.  An innovator who introduced political and societal issues into traditional Latin music, Blades is a committed social activist who over the years has addressed issues of poverty, government corruption, and more, both on the stage and off.


Now in its second year ¡VAYA! 63 is a collaboration between Lincoln Center and New York University, co-curated by Carlos Chirinos and Jordana Phokompe, Director of David Rubenstein Atrium. The programming team selects artists with deep roots in the New York City Latin music scene, and also those who reflect its evolution since the 1960s. At the heart of the series are monthly Friday-night dance parties.


“I’m thrilled to have this rare opportunity to have a conversation with Rubén Blades to share his thoughts and ideas on social development and the future of Latin music,” said Chirinos, who also directs the NYU Music and Social Change Lab.


Said Phokompe, “We’re delighted that the partnership with NYU and Professor Chirinos is expanding to include conversations that reflect and engage the Latino community, and having Rubén Blades to kick-off this new component is a special treat.”


The ¡VAYA! 63 Friday night concert series and dance party kicks-off the new year on January 20 with Ola Fresca octet and its trombone-driven, power salsa that blends Cuban dance music, salsa, and funk with world beat rhythms, and an opening set by DJ Bongohead. Pedrito Martinez Group arrives at the Atrium on February 24, with the world-class rumbero and his band’s fresh takes on Afro-Cuban rhythms; DJ Carlos will perform the opening set that evening. On March 24, Fulaso, a 10-piece band, plays classic ‘60s and ‘70s Boogaloo and Latin Soul, along with original material that channels millennial funk. The 11-piece Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, coming to the Atrium on April 21, plays innovative, salsa dura with a new, vibrant aesthetic.  With an ever-evolving set list that includes songs by Arcade Fire, TV on the Radio, Spoon, M83, the Yeah Yeahs, The Black Keys, and many more, the WSO takes the typical salsa form and infuses it with a completely modern identity.  For Charansalsa, on May 19, trombonist, flautist, and co-leader Joe de Jesus, who has performed with Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, and Celia Cruz, among others, showcases his new band Charansalsa which combines the best of Charanga and Salsa for a night rooted in Cuban dance traditions by way of New York City.  All ¡VAYA! 63 events start at 7:00 pm with an opening DJ set.


Admission to all ¡VAYA! 63 events is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center is located at Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets.


Access the livestream on Facebook Live at Become a fan of Lincoln Center, and set your notifications to make sure you don’t miss the January 24 conversation.


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community engagement, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 16 series, festivals, and programs, including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants and Artist program, David Rubenstein Atrium programming, Great Performers, The Performing Arts Hall of Fame at Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center at the Movies, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, the Emmy Award–winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS, and Lincoln Center Education, which is celebrating 40 years enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.


Lincoln Center has become a leading force in using new media and technology to reach and inspire a wider and global audience. Reaching audiences where they are—physically and digitally—has become a cornerstone of making the performing arts more accessible to New Yorkers and beyond. The reimagination of David Geffen Hall will play an important part in these efforts.


Lincoln Center is committed to providing and improving accessibility for people with disabilities. For information, call the Department of Programs and Services for People with Disabilities at 212.875.5375.




Programming at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center is made possible by Alice and David Rubenstein. Generous endowment support is provided by Stavros Niarchos Foundation and Oak Foundation.


Bank of America is Lead Supporter of Atrium 360° Free Performances.


The discount ticket facility is made possible by Donald and Barbara Zucker.


American Airlines is the Official Airline of Lincoln Center.


Nespresso is the Official Coffee of Lincoln Center.


NewYork-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital of Lincoln Center.


Programs and artists are subject to change.

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Rubén Blades
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