Thursday, September 28, 2017

CL Editor Mark Kemp Talks Latin Music on LAC Conexión's Facebook Live Stream

Posted By on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 at 7:25 PM


In the lead-up to the Latin American Coalition's 27th Latin American Festival on Saturday, Oct.. 14, the Coalition's LAC Conexión devoted its Facebook live stream today to a discussion of the evolution of Latino music offerings in Charlotte over the past 15 or so years. LAC Conexión invited Creative Loafing editor Mark Kemp, who has focused much of his music writing on coverage of Latino music in Charlotte since arriving back in North Carolina in 2002, to speak on that evolution.

Kemp began in Charlotte as entertainment editor at The Charlotte Observer, where he reported on local Latino bands such as La Rua, the band of Tony Arreaza, who now books music for the annual Latin American Festival. Arreaza's goal has been to include not just traditional Mexican styles but expand the lineups with styles from across the Latin American world, from his native Venezuela to Colombia, Argentina and other countries. Arreaza has also booked artists who experiment with rock and jazz.

Arreaza and the Conexión team talked with Kemp about these developments and interviewed one of the bands that will appear at this year's festival, the Venezuelan ska-based band Desorden Público.

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