15 Years of Latin Alternative

LAMC celebrates its 15-year anniversary in New York City with free concerts, showcases, industry panels and Q&As

By Latino Loop
Published on LatinoLA: July 2, 2014

15 Years of Latin Alternative

Arts and Entertainment

LAMC (Latin Alternative Music Conference) celebrates its 15-year anniversary at the Affinia Manhattan in New York City next week. The LAMC features free concerts at parks from Central Park to Brooklyn, plus intimate private showcases at iconic venues around the city, as well as numerous industry panels and Q&As with special guests, showcases and events. The LAMC continues to grow, with an expanded focus on movies, books, food and all forms of cutting-edge creativity, thanks to key support from Google, AT&T, Google +, Google Play, Gibson, YouTube, KCRW, Shure, LARAS, Herradura and more. www.latinalternative.com .

Willy Chirino, C?®sar Costa, Carlos Do Carmen, D??o Din?ímico, Los Lobos, Valeria Lynch, and Ney Matogrosso will be awarded the Latin Recording Academy's Premio A La Excelencia Musical from the Latin Recording Academy and Andr?® Midani and Juan Vicente Torrealba will receive the Premio del Consejo Directivo during a special ceremony on Nov. 19 in Las Vegas.

This year's Latin Grammys will be broadcast live from Las Vegas on November 20th.

Ismael Cala's El Poder de Escuchar won the award for the Most Inspiring Book at the International Latino Book Awards, held last week in Las Vegas.


A crowd of 200 to 300 anti-immigrant protesters in Murrieta, CA forced Homeland Security buses to turnaround and reroute to a facility in San Diego. The buses were carrying about 140 migrant children and their families and were originally scheduled to drop them off at a facility in Murrieta.


An American couple is suing British Airways after the airline booked them tickets to the Caribbean island of Grenada instead of Granada, Spain.

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Univision's broadcast of the Mexico v. Netherlands World Cup match was the most-viewed telecast in Spanish-language television history with 16.2 million total viewers.

Carlos Slim bought back AT&T's $5.6 billion stake in America Movil, reinstating Slim as the majority shareholder and also freeing AT&T from a possible conflict of interest with its plan to acquire DirecTV.

Time Inc. sold Mexican magazine publisher Grupo Editorial Expansi??n to Latin American private equity firm Southern Cross Group in order to focus on its core U.S. and U.K. assets. Time purchased Grupo Editiorial Expansion in 2005 for $60 million.

The FCC released its "Report on Ownership of Commercial Broadcast Stations" last week, which showed that in 2013 Latinos owned only 42 out of 1,386 (3%) full power commercial television stations and 3.2% of FM radio outlets.


Maria Peguero, wife of former Seattle Mariners outfielder Carlos Peguero, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison for using bank cards that belonged to his former teammate Felix Hernandez' wife. Peguero charged up to $191,000 on the card.

At least 22 people were killed during a gang shoot out in Tlatlaya, a city southwest of Mexico City, this week. It is said to be the bloodiest shootout during Enrique Pe??a Nieto's presidency.

A Chilean court ruled this week that United States military intelligence services played a role in the killings of two Americans, journalist Charles Horman and student Frank Teruggi, during the military coup in 1973 that brought Augusto Pinochet to power. Horman's story was the basis for the Oscar-winning 1982 film "Missing" starring Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek.

July 2nd marks the anniversary of Colombian soccer player Andres Escobar's murder in Medellin, Colombia, upon his return home from the 1994 World Cup. Escobar's own goal contributed to Colombia's loss to the U.S. team and subsequent elimination from the World Cup.

An archbishop from Poland, and the Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic was defrocked due to accusations that he had sexually abused boys while living there. He is facing a criminal trial by the Vatican. Pope Francis will also meet with sexually abused survivors to personally hear their testimonies.

World Cup advertisers including J.C. Penney, Hyundai, and Dish are running Spanish-language ads on English-language networks in an effort to appeal to bilingual customers.

According to a recent study, "The Latino Media Gap", by NALIP, the National Hispanic Foundations for the Arts and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University, there are fewer Latino lead actors in the entertainment industry today than there were 70 years ago and the rate of media participation, both behind and in front of the camera, stayed stagnant or grew only slightly.

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