Brewery Arts Center presenting La Misa Negra in summer concert series

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Latin beats are bringing the heat to this week’s free outdoor concert at the Brewery Arts Center.

The Levitt AMP Carson City Music Series is picking up on Saturday with two Latin dance groups, Drinking With Clowns and La Misa Negra.

The show will kick off at 7 p.m. with Drinking With Clowns, a five-member band from Reno who plays a blend of Latin beats and funky rhythms.

From the thumping sounds of Afro-American drums in the streets of South America to the smooth, funky and soulful beats of the North American urban landscape, Drinking With Clowns bills its performances as a musical journey.

Following the opening set, La Misa Negra, an eight-piece band from Oakland, Calif., will take over with a blend of 1950s and ’60s style cumbia and high-energy Afro-Colombian dance music.

The live music series is sponsored in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private family foundation that empowers communities to transform neglected public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free live music.

The series presents 10 free concerts at the Minnesota Street Stage spanning musical genres like reggae, Southern rock, cumbia and bluegrass.

Rounding out this month will be Nashville’s Southern Drawl Band on July 29.

Fresh off Coachella, psychedelic trio Thee Commons will perform on Aug. 5 with reggae royalty Marla Brown following on Aug. 12.

Five-piece electric newgrass group Dusty Green Bones will take the stage on Aug. 26 with the Cherry Pickers opening, and Irish Rockers and Young Dubliners will end the series on Sept. 2.

The public is invited to bring their own picnics, blankets and lawn chairs to the concerts, which will have an open lawn and lot seating. Food trucks, libations and kid’s activities will be available at each of the shows. Pets on leash are welcomed as well.

The Levitt AMP concert series is at 449 W. King St. at the corner of King and Minnesota streets. Admission is free.

Visit for a full schedule of concerts, directions and information on parking and wheelchair accessibility.


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