The Museum of Modern Art, Floor 1, Sculpture Garden
Buscabulla. Photo: Quique Cabanillas

Raquel Berrios, vocals and keyboards; Luis Del Valle, bass and vocals; L. Daniel Valentin, guitar and synthesizer; Joel Mateo, drums

Buscabulla is the Spanish-language experimental pop project headed by Raquel Berrios and Luis Del Valle. Born and raised in Puerto Rico but based in New York City, Berrios, a designer, songwriter, DJ, and producer, teamed up with multi-instrumentalist and producer Del Valle in 2011. Dev Hynes of Blood Orange produced their first EP on Kitsuné in 2014, and the second was released in January 2017 on Baby Making Records. The word buscabulla is Puerto Rican slang for “troublemaker” and serves as a clue to the band’s style, an original blend of funk, salsa, R&B, electronica, and pop, with strong elements of wit and sensuality. It is no accident that Buscabulla’s “Métele,” from the first EP, became a theme for Mala Mala, an award-winning documentary about Puerto Rico’s transgender community, or that the music video for “Tártaro,” from the second release, was shot in a kitschy rent-by-the-hour love hotel in San Juan, replete with heart-shaped tub. In February Rolling Stone identified Buscabulla as one of “10 Artists You Need to Know,” noting that its music “sounds like the score to a Puerto Rican retelling of Boogie Nights . . . ripe with unabashed sensuality and buffed with a vintage Seventies sparkle.”

Every Thursday in July and August, 5:30–8:00 p.m.
Live music begins at 6:30 p.m.

Regular Museum admission applies. Performances take place in the Sculpture Garden. In the event of rain, the Garden will close, and music will take place in Theater 1. Please note: Sculpture Garden and indoor seating are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

The musical component of Summer Thursdays 2018 celebrates musicians living and working in New York City. Organized in collaboration with PopRally, the series hosts a variety of sounds that explore the City’s expansive musical landscape. Each evening, unique sonic flavors fill the Sculpture Garden with a range of blended genres such as dream punk, Afrofuturist soul, funk fusion, hip-hop, experimental, and lo-fi baroque pop.

This event is part of Summer Thursdays.