LatiNxt, presented by Sol, is a free festival at Navy Pier featuring local, national and international artists who are exploring new ways of connecting traditional Latin music with modern sounds.
As the population’s demographics evolve into a Latinx majority in the United States, first and second generation Latinxs are establishing a new cultural identity informed by both their heritage and culture. This vibrant melting pot of ideas and innovation is shaping the global music community, however it continues to develop in the margins of the larger US music market.
In parallel form throughout Latin America, increased access to technology has facilitated global conversations, collaborations, and innovations in the arts. These modern advances, juxtaposed with a renewed exploration of tradition, have created a thriving creative environment that celebrates the roots of the past as well as the possibilities of the future.
LatiNxt explores the music that emerges from and within these cultural dichotomies and through performance and exchange, strengthens connections, increases exposure and champions a more robust discourse between forward-thinking Latinx artists across the Americas.
The festival is co-curated by our sister organization Future Rootz, a collective of Latinx music curators, artists, taste-makers, and socio-cultural instigators. Their work represents a border-less artistic intersection that draws from the past while reaching for the future.
This year spotlights the 10 year anniversary of ZZK records, a label based in Argentina that has incubated and introduced many forward thinking Latinx artists to the world. Featuring King Coya & Queen Cholsa, Dat Garcia, and festival artwork by Carolina Niño Büro, one of ZZK Records principal visual artists.
The performances will be held at the Polk Bros Performance Lawns, Wave Wall and Beer Garden stages with a Latinx arts and crafts “Tianguis” market and record fair in Pier Park on Saturday.
FRIDAY JUNE 15 | BEER GARDEN
SATURDAY JUNE 16 | BEER GARDEN | LAKE STAGE | WAVE WALL | PIER PARK
MILLER LITE BEER GARDEN
2:00PM Ayana Contreras (Chicago | USA)
3:00PM Cedeno (Chicago | USA)
4:00PM ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat (Chicago | USA)
5:30PM Boogat (Montreal | Canada)
7:00PM King Coya and Queen Cholas (Buenos Aires | Argentina)
8:30PM La Misa Negra (Oakland | California)
10:00PM DJ Bembona (NYC | USA)
WAVE WALL PERFORMANCE PLATFORM
2:00PM DJ Angelfuk (Chicago | USA)
4:30PM Pachanga DJs x Future Rootz DJs (Chicago | USA)
6:00PM DJ Kinky P (Chicago | USA)
7:30PM Dat Garcia Live P.A. (Buenos Aires | Argentina)
9:00PM DJ Jigüe (Havana | Cuba)