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Nuevofest 2019: A Punk-Inspired Set From Tall Juan

This past July, World Cafe Live in Philadelphia played host to the annual Nuevofest, an all-ages concert celebrating Latin American music and culture. Presented by AfroTaino Productions in collaboration with WXPN, the daylong event featured performances from Los Rivera Destino, Yanga, Kevin Johansen and more.

One of the day's highlights was a set from Argentinian-born, Far Rockaway transplant Tall Juan, the stage name of Juan Zaballa. His punk-inspired set captured the energy of the Ramones and Jonathan Richman. Armed with an acoustic guitar and the dance moves of a young Elvis Presley, Zaballa more than commanded the attention of the Nuevofest audience.

Watch Tall Juan perform two standout songs, "Far Rockaway" and "Paracida a Vos," in the video players on the page.

Copyright 2019 XPN

Bruce Warren is assistant general manager for programming of WXPN in Philadelphia. Besides serving as executive producer of World Café, Warren also contributes to Paste magazine and writes for two blogs: Some Velvet Blog and WXPN's All About The Music Blog.