BMI hosted its annual “Verano Alternativo” showcase in support of the Latin Alternative Music Conference on Tuesday, July 9, at Drom in New York City’s East Village. The showcase featured dynamic performances by some of the best Latin alternative songwriters from Ecuador, Puerto Rico and Colombia, with each of the rising stars paying tribute to their cultural roots.
Performing artist and activist Cable Head opened the show with an impactful electronic-dance set, using his performance to encourage attendees to “take care of Mother Earth.” The sultry singer/songwriter Cristna nailed a stripped-down, followed by the urban beats of Sophy Mell, who added dance flare to the evening. Afro-Caribbean rapper Sebastián Otero also took the stage accompanied by a full band flowing across rhythms from rap to melancholic jazz beats. Colombian pop-rock singer/songwriter Jona Camacho also brought flare and excitement to the stage with a spine-tingling vocal performance. Closing the evening with a flamboyant set was Nohemy, who performed new bilingual songs from her upcoming project.