Red Bull Music Festival New York returns this May for a sixth year with another diverse program of original events, world premieres, and talks with icons and innovators. The festival’s Hasta Abajo (Get Down) event, a high-voltage tribute to tropical urban sound, has added Reggaetón royalty Ivy Queen to a bill that spotlights the impact of genre pioneers and the new wave of Latinx culture shifters. Tickets are on sale via nyc.redbullmusicfestival.com.
Over the last two decades Reggaetón has become a globally dominating genre that increasingly delivers record-smashing impact on music sales, streams and pop-culture influence. Hasta Abajo features Reggaetón trailblazers Ivy Queen, DJ Nelson, Ranking Stone, Alberto Stylee, Wiso G, and DJ Negro, performing as The Noise, the group who helped blaze the pathway for the genre’s international trajectory from the barrios of Puerto Rico to the world. Also performing is industry legend DJ Lobo, and rising música urbana stars, Riobamba and Rosa Pistola, two artists who are leading Reggaetón’s evolution from the streets of Brooklyn and Mexico City, respectively. The event takes place Saturday, May 19th at Uptown Manhattan’s famed Latino nightlife hub, La Marina.
Ivy Queen, aka “La Diva” and the “Queen of Reggaetón”, launched her career in the late nineties with The Noise. Her empowering message and lyrics have and will continue to inspire women across generations and nations, including fellow Latina musician Cardi B., to hold their own mic and speak their truth. The collaborators orbiting her chart-topping discography, which features classics like “Yo Quiero Bailar”, include Wyclef, Pitbull, Sasha, Don Omar, and Edinta Nazario. Her notorious appetite for style reinvention and her signature long fingernails, along with a string of award-winning performances, keeps the spotlight firmly in her clutch, helping her maintain her iconic status as one of the most prominent forces in Latin music.
Emerging Latinx fatales, Rosa Pistola and Riobamba, will also blaze the “Hasta Abajo” stage, showcasing female excellence and futurism within an often male-dominated genre. Rosa Pistola gained international notoriety for her affinity for global bass tunes and “Perreo”, a gritty and sultry form of Latin dance and song derived from the roots of dancehall. It’s considered a supporting subgenre, acting as a vein extended from Reggaetón’s main arteries. Multi-faceted Ecuadorian-Lithuanian and Brooklyn-based DJ, producer, activist and Latinx culture usher, Riobamba spins a web of hypnotizing mashups, blending original music and classic tracks. Together, this powerful ensemble of history-makers will ignite passion in live music fans with a nostalgic reason to get down and give the community a space to celebrate and rise up.
Taking place throughout May, the widely praised annual festival has become a New York City institution featuring performances by today’s most forward-looking musicians; tributes to legendary artists, scenes, and sounds; and conversations with impactful, innovative musicians. The shows will unfold throughout the boroughs at some of NYC’s most unique settings, from iconic institutions to uncharted spaces completely re-configured for the occasion.
In addition to the events, Red Bull Music Festival New York will tell original stories through editorial content on RedBullMusic.com. Red Bull Radio (www.redbullradio.com) will also feature a month of NYC-focused programming, including event live streams, special broadcasts from Red Bull Arts New York, and more.
RED BULL MUSIC FESTIVAL NEW YORK 2018
May 03: If This Knowledge Scares You, The Equation Is Working with Wiki in collaboration with Coati Mundi and visuals by Arvid Logan, Show Me The Body, Standing on the Corner, MIKE, Sporting Life, Mal Devisa, Tony Seltzer, 700 Bliss (Moor Mother + DJ Haram), Edan @ Pier 17
May 04: John Maus @ Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park at Coney Island
May 04: RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder @ Red Bull Arts New York
May 05: A Conversation with Harry Belafonte in partnership with Jill Newman Productions @ The Main Theater at Hostos Community College
May 06: serpentwithfeet: both moons @ The Refectory at the High Line Hotel
May 08: Red Bull Radio Live: The Federation Sound with Max Glazer featuring an interview with Spice @ Friends and Lovers
May 09: Tristan Perich: Drift Multiply with Lesley Flanigan @ The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
May 11: Dream Machine with Master Musicians of Jajouka – Bachir Attar and Mustapha Attar (Morocco), Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Oliver Coates (UK), Dave Harrington Group, Sophia Brous, Zeena Parkins, Greg Fox, Trevor Dunn & Special Guests @ Pioneer Works
May 12 & 13: Fever Ray with Nidia, Bunny Michael @ Brooklyn Hangar
May 16: Red Bull Radio Live: Bien Buena with Riobamba and Uproot Andy featuring interviews with DJ Nelson (The Noise), Isabelia Herrera (Remezcla), Wayne Marshall (Berklee College of Music), Marjua Estevez (Vibe) @ Nublu 151
May 18: Careful on the Pavement with Bali Baby, Asian Doll, Rico Nasty, Lil Wop, Chicken, HANZ, DJ Kenn, Chynna, Omar Doom
May 19: Reggaeton: Hasta Abajo with The Noise live, Rosa Pistola, DJ Lobo, Riobamba @ La Marina
May 20: Red Bull Radio Live: Peak Time with Vivian Host featuring interviews with DJ Stingray, Errorsmith & Volvox @ Rose Gold
May 21: A Conversation with Robyn, moderated by Kindness @ The Roy and Niuta Titus 1 Theater at The Museum of Modern Art
May 22 + 24: Oneohtrix Point Never: ‘MYRIAD’ @ Park Avenue Armory
May 23: ‘Betty Davis: They Say I’m Different’ NYC Film Premiere @ Billie Holiday Theatre
May 25: Brujas x Performance Space New York: Anti-Prom @ Performance Space New York