• Free
Tito Nieves / The Salsa Project ft. DJ JFuse

Sunday, August 1, 2021

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm (Doors open 5:00 pm)

SummerStage, Central Park

Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 10021

Tickets are no longer required for free performances at SummerStage. All free performances will be open to the public, first come, first served, with limited capacity, and will continue to follow CDC recommendations. Visit here for more information.


5 PM – Doors

6 PM – Rooftop Films Summer Series Films (see below)

7 PM – Performance

This performance will be livestreamed on

Known as the “Pavarotti of Salsa,” Tito Nieves, with his booming, crystalline voice is capable of carrying an entire ensemble. The Puerto Rican-born, New York-bred musician was known as one of salsa’s leading voices of ‘80s and ‘90s New York. He’s perhaps best known for his version of Pete Rodriguez’s 1967 classic “I Like it Like That,” which has since become a salsa standard, re-introduced to the current generation by none other than Cardi B, J Balvin, and Bad Bunny.

“The Salsa Project” is a movement rooted in getting more young people involved in Salsa music. The goal of this project is to protect, preserve, and ensure that Salsa does not die amongst the younger generations. “The Salsa Project” takes a multi-disciplinary approach to its work, which includes events, a docu-series, community engagement, and merchandise. The culmination of these four elements will help create a platform for all to engage, learn, and partake in our mission to keep the culture alive. ¡Que Viva La Salsa!


Featured Rooftop Films

Don’t Come Close

Daniel Fermín Pfeffer, Sophia de Baun, Carlos Cardona, USA

At the height of New York City’s COVID pandemic, a young man can’t come close to his family.


Melting Snow

Janah Elise, Sue Ariza, USA

Melting Snow is a short archival documentary exploring the coloniality of Puerto Rico’s labor through the symbol water.


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