Latin Folk music and dance are traditional expressions of families and communities. Some artists remain traditional, and some have evolved into urban fusions. In the beginning, all music is folk music and all dance is folk dance.
Latin Folk Music NYC
Germán López plays Latin Folk on the Canary Island timple guitar at National Sawdust in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Sat, Apr 2 at 7:30pm. $35. 🇪🇸
For the Common Ground: Mini-Global Mashup #5 – Southern Italy Meets Senegal, Alessandra Belloni plays Southern Italian music and Alioune Faye, a Griot (West African troubadour), plays Senegalese percussion at Flushing Town Hall in Flushing, Queens on Sun, Apr 3 at 1pm. $15. flushingtownhall.org 🇮🇹🇸🇳
The Drums Along the Hudson Native American and Multicultural festival is at Inwood Hill Park in Inwood, Manhattan on Sun, Jun 5, 2022 from 11am – 6pm. Free. [To be confirmed.]
Previous Folk Music & Dance
Aurelio Martínez & the Garifuna Soul Band play Garifuna Folk, with NYC’s own Wabafu Garifuna Dance Company opening, for the World Music Institute at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village on Thu, Dec 16 at 7:30pm (6:30pm doors). worldmusicinstitute.org 🇭🇳|🇧🇿🇬🇹🇳🇮🇺🇸
Miguel Zenón joins Ches Smith and We All Break for their “Path of Seven Colors” record release show of Haitian Vodou music at Roulette Intermedium in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn on Tue, Oct 26 at 8pm. $20. 🇭🇹🇵🇷
Cuban Nueva Trova legend Pablo Milanés brings his Dias de Luz Tour to The Town Hall in Midtown, Manhattan on Sat, Oct 23 at 8pm. From $45. 🇨🇺
Folk Music & Dance in New York City
The World Music Institute, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, Dzul Dance, Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Redhawk Native American Arts Council and ID Studio Theater all produce folk music and dance. Flushing Town Hall in Flushing, Queens hosts folk music and dance shows.
Folk Music & Dance New Yorkers
Only in New York City can you enjoy this amount of diversity. Everybody from everywhere is here.
Thursday, October 14, 2021
JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER
Monday, September 13, 2021
WORLD MUSIC INSTITUTE
PLUS AT HOME
Jackson Heights, Queens
Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 7pm
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 7pm
FLUSHING TOWN HALL FACEBOOK
NYC Gaita Club
April 7, 2017
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
Watch the Mexican – American folk singer get inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Colombian music and dance for the entire family
Le Poisson Rouge
Saturday, December 3, 2016
The Folk Music & Dance World
These artists from the United States and around the world have recently performed in New York City.
Saturday, January 8, 2022
Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Thursday, December 16, 2021
WORLD MUSIC INSTITUTE
LE POISSON ROUGE
Greenwich Village, Manhattan
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Afro-Peruvian tambor jams with Jewish klezmer.
Saturday, December 7, 2019
NOHO, NYC ~ The living legend of Trinidadian calypso plays Joe’s Pub
Saturday, November 16, 2019
PURCHASE, New York (White Plains) ~ Traditional Haitian folk music as part of ‘(T)HERE: A Global Festival of Art, Culture and Ideas – Haiti’ at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center
Thursday, August 29, 2019
DAVID RUBENSTEIN ATRIUM, Lincoln Center
LINCOLN CENTER, WORLD MUSIC INSTITUTE, Tue, Nov 20, 2018. Spanish Canary Island folk music ~ One of the most popular bands in the Canary Islands visits our island
The Bomba and Plena virtuosos are 4-time Grammy nominees.
World Music Institute
Hudson Square, Manhattan (West SoHo)
Sunday, September 16, 2018
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
between 34th & 35th St
Murray Hill, Manhattan
Friday, December 8, 2017
Saturday, July 8, 2017
605 W 48th St, Hell’s Kitchen
Friday, June 9, 2017
MIDTOWN, Mar 18, 2016 ~ A Flamenco of Arabic poetry by Spanish and Persian musicians.
# persian spanish flamenco festival live music
Folk Music of Faith and Ritual
Culture begins as an expression of the mysteries of faith and the rituals of belonging to a community.
This is where folk music begins. As it develops, it may lose its connection with faith, or that connection may become hidden to those who don’t know where to look.
Some folk musics become popular and then blend with other musics. Even the most contemporary music like salsa, hip-hop, reggaeton and Latin trap follows this path. It all derives from folk traditions.
We have been human (Homo sapiens) for about 200,000 years. We like to think that we are so very modern, but we really haven’t changed that much.