Nuyorican Poets Cafe

Nuyorican Poets Cafe

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In a Nutshell

Local cultural landmark upholds its status by putting on salsa and latin jazz performances

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Sep 22, 2015. Limit 8 per person. Reservation required via email at least 24 hours in advance. Admission not guaranteed as venue may fill to capacity. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Refundable only on day of purchase. Discount reflects Nuyorican Poets Cafe's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 1 hour before showtime. For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $20 for two tickets to a salsa or latin jazz performance (up to $38 value)
  • When: Tuesdays through September 22
  • Where: Nuyorican Poets Cafe
  • Door time: one hour before showtime
  • Ticket values include all fees.
  • Click here for a calendar of upcoming shows.

Upcoming Performances

Latin-Jazz Big Band Night featuring the Bronx Conexión (April 14 at 9:30 p.m.)
Percussionist Victor Rendón leads the 20-piece latin jazz ensemble in the songs of Tito Puente, Machito, and Mario Bauza, as well as some popular tunes in the style of old Puerto Rico.

Tuesday Night Latin Jazz with Hector Martignon (April 21 at 9 p.m.)
The Columbia-born, New York-based jazz pianist has earned Grammy nominations for his collaborations with the likes of Ray Baretto, Samuel Torres, and Tim Collins.

Tuesday Night Latin Jazz with Chembo Corniel (May 5 at 9 p.m.)
Congo artist extraordinaire Wilson “Chembo” Corniel has worked, toured, and recorded with everyone from Larry Harlow to Celia Cruz to Toshiko Akiyoshi.

Nuyorican Poets Cafe

The Nuyorican Poets Cafe began in 1973 as a literary get-together in the living room of college professor and celebrated scribe Miguel Algarin. By 1975, sick of cleaning up dangling clauses left all over his house, Algarin began renting the Sunshine Café to give local writers and performers a venue to develop their craft. In 1980, the nonprofit organization moved to its current home in a century-old tenement on East Third.

Today, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe plays a crucial, street-level role in New York's art scene. Randomly selected audience members judge weekly poetry slams, and the venue plays host to small theatrical productions on many Thursdays through Sundays. Other evenings may feature hip-hop concerts, snappy Latin jazz, and freewheeling open-mic nights.

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