LATINO MUSIC - “Honoring the Laborers” at Tompkins Corners


Oct 8, 2017
03:00 PM until 06:00 PM


Tompkins Corners Cultural Center (TCCC) announces its first Latino music event. On Sunday, October 16th, from 3 to 6 pm, TCCC will present “Honorando Los Laboradores” - a concert with traditional music groups from Peru, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico, representing the rich cultures of the Latino population who work in Putnam County, NY.


Latino workers build the stone walls, pave the driveways, do landscape and tree work.  This is the music they listen to on radios and in digital players as they go about their work.  It is an integral part of the musical culture of the Putnam Valley, vibrantly present, but seldom heard by many residents. It is the spirited music of hard working people who travel from their homes in Peekskill, New Windsor, and Westchester County. These musicians usually perform at house parties and local celebrations in their own communities. This will be a rare opportunity for them to share their music and a special privilege for the Putnam Valley community.


The musical groups singing and performing on October 16th include:


Juan S and Roberto Verde – music from Nicaragua, guitar and mandolin;


Moises Salazar y su Charango, from Westchester County - Peruvian music featuring charango, flutes, panpipes and guitar;


Edwin Rodriguez y Los Caribeños de Puerto Rico, from New Windsor, New York -Puerto Rican music with bomba and plenas;


Grupo Sentimiento de Ecuador, from Peekskill - guitarists.


The local Latino musicians performing in "Honorando Los Laboradores" are excited to share their music in this new setting.  They are pleased with the prospect of promoting traditional cultures. This may become an annual event for there are many rich Latino musical traditions around here, making a cross-cultural exchange that can enrich the musical lives of all concerned.


TCCC's 2016 concert season has featured music from local artists who live or have lived around here; including David Amram, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Alicia Svigals (Klezmer music), Sacred Harp singing with Tim Eriksen, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' film about Lou Reed, and more.  There have also been Spoken Word events, and music events for children and families. Putnam Valley high school students presented their Gratitude Festival in response to TCCC's Harvest Festival.




The planning for this event has been done in consultation with the New York State Council on the Arts’ (NYSCA) Folk Arts program, ethnomusicologist Tom Van Buren (Arts Westchester and community advisor), and Wilfredo Morel (HRH Care Community Health). This program is made possible, in part, through the Putnam Arts Council's Arts Link Grant Program, which is supported with public funds through the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Gov. Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.


Tompkins Corners Cultural Center is located at 729 Peekskill Hollow Road in Putnam Valley, NY. This is a rain-or-shine event, and if the weather is nice, please bring lawn chairs for outdoor seating. Suggested donation is $10 for tickets that may be purchased in advance at or reserved on our website at or by leaving a message at 845 528-7280. For further information, email


Suggested donation - $10.00


View map Tompkins Corners Cultural Center
729 Peekskill Hollow Road
Putnam Valley, NY

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Tompkins Corners Cultural Center



Contact name

John Cohen, Mark Weiss

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Putnam Valley



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