Birth of the Hot: Salsa in New York
By DANIEL McDERMONT JUNE 7, 2017
Charlie and Eddie Palmieri performing at the Palladium Ballroom in 1964.
via Edward Palmieri and Museum of the City of New York
Just as New Orleans gave birth to jazz around the turn of the 20th century, New York gave birth to a new sound in the ’60s and ’70s. It was music for dancing, a delirious blend of African and Caribbean sounds, peppered with polyrhythm. Its pioneers, mostly of Puerto Rican and Cuban descent, took those influences and created something new: salsa. (That’s right, this stuff was made in New York City!)
“Rhythm and Power: Salsa in New York,” an exhibition opening Tuesday, June 13, at the Museum of the City of New York, explores this history in depth. Visitors will be able to see the dance’s basic steps as well as more complicated movements in video projections. Also on view will be dozens of artifacts, from clothes worn by Celia Cruz to Tito Puente’s timbales. A number of events are planned, including a walking tour of East Harlem and family dance parties. (Through Nov. 26; mcny.org.)