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On Sunday August 12, Latino USA celebrated its 25th anniversary with a lively concert featuring Grammy-nominated salsa singer and songwriter Jerry Rivera, and a duet with local New York-poet La Bruja and Grammy-nominated percussionist Wilson “Chembo” Corniel. The concert was part of New York City’s own Summerstage series, in collaboration with City Parks Foundation.

Latino USA host Maria Hinojosa started off the party with news that the show continues to grow, not only in the podcast space but also with new stations and time slots, including a new 9pm ET Friday night slot on WNYC’s FM station.

Maria Hinojosa at the Latino USA 25th Anniversary Concert (Photo by Amanda Alcantara/Latino USA)

The concert was held at the amphitheater at New York’s East River Park on the Lower East Side. It kicked off with La Bruja, who performed spoken word that motivated many to raise a fist in solidarity with the ongoing struggle in Puerto Rico, particularly following Hurricane María.

La Bruja (Photo by Julio Ricardo Varela/Futuro Media)

Then Hinojosa introduced the main act, Jerry Rivera, who performed new songs as well as beloved 1990’s hits such as “Amores como el nuestro” and “Cara de niño” to an energetic crowd that at times became overwhelmed with joy.

Jerry Rivera (Photo by Julio Ricardo Varela/Futuro Media)

Latino USA is the longest running Latino-focused program on U.S. public media, and Sunday’s concert activated the crowd in a way that uplifted the show, as well as the high-spirited attendees. With laughter, Puerto Rican flags highlighting the Lower East Side and a lot of dancing, the anniversary of Latino USA also became a moving and powerful celebration of what it means to be Latino.

Here are some tweets from the event:

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