J Balvin, Ozuna to Headline Chicagos New Sueños Latin Music Festival
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“I started with a little music festival in Pomona because I wanted to bring people to the city I grew up in,” recalls 31-year-old founder René Contreras, who created the festival as Viva! “We try to put forth the best fan experience, and we put together the artists that we know and who connect with the fans,” says Cuban-Lebanese music organizer Kirk Taboada, and partner at Vibra Urbana. The partners’ most ambitious festival took place over two days this spring in Las Vegas, where two decades of reggaeton brilliance were on display — from emerging to superstar and legendary acts . We are seeking fans of our festival to help us spread the word to their friends, family and network. The bigger the impact you help us make the bigger the rewards you earn.
” out of love for the music and seeing an empty gap where we felt like we could provide for our city,” says festival co-founder David Adan, a Miami-born Cuban American. “Miami is full of Latinos, full of the love for Latin music. Everywhere that you go out, you’ll see clubs playing Spanish music. Everyone’s talking in Spanish. We needed to make something happen.” Entrepreneurs Ampudia and Chris Den Uijl founded Baja Beach Fest in 2018 in Rosarito’s storied beach venue Papas and Beer, just 20 miles south of San Diego. During that time, there were no sole reggaeton and Latin trap festivals in the region — the closest being 2018’s Latinx indie-heavy Tropicalia in Long Beach. The pair tapped an open market, attracting prospective attendees from both sides of the border all the way up to Los Angeles.
The festival may require proof of a negative COVID-19 test, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or use of masks, but festival rules will be outlined on the website at a later date. Festival officials said they will let people know of any necessary measures as early as possible. Some of the content on this site expresses viewpoints and opinions that are not those of the Recording Academy and its Affiliates. Responsibility for the accuracy of information provided in stories not written by or specifically prepared for the Academy and its Affiliates lies with the story’s original source or writer. Content on this site does not reflect an endorsement or recommendation of any artist or music by the Recording Academy and its Affiliates. Is a Mexico City-based duo, consisting of Pammela Rojas and Rafael Marfil, who helped establish a modern funk scene in the richly creative Mexican metropolis.