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Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra to perform at Freeman Stage

(Aug. 20, 2015) The spirit and rhythm of salsa will fill the summer air on Friday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m., with a performance by Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra at The Freeman Stage at Bayside. Beginner salsa lessons and a lecture on the history of salsa and mambo will be given before the performance starts at 6:45 p.m.
The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra is a stunning 11-piece Latin band which plays dynamic, astonishing arrangements of indie rock tunes, taking the art of salsa to new places while remaining within the classic, deeply funky tradition. Songs by Arcade Fire, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on The Radio, Santigold, Animal Collective, and many more are transformed into astonishing salsa anthems for a new generation.
The WSO released its debut album in 2011 and has garnered international praise and recognition, making many “Best of The Year” lists and establishing the band as a groundbreaking global voice by infusing the typical salsa form with a completely modern identity.
The WSO is led by percussionist Gianni Mano of Latin-funk legends Radio Mundial, and fronted by Argentinian superstar Solange Prat. Based in Brooklyn N.Y., the 11-piece WSO features some of the finest local musicians. Influenced by the New York greats like Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri and the 70s Fania/Salsa Dura scene as well as the beautiful variety of music from Cuba and the Afro-Carribean countries, fans also love the creativity and innovation of modern independent music.
This engagement of the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra is made possible in part through funding by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Tickets, which can be purchased at or by calling 302-436-3015, are $10 for adults. Youth 18 and under get in free. The Freeman Stage at Bayside, located in the Bayside community at the intersections of Routes 54 and 20 in Selbyville, Del., is a program of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation.
This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Freeman Stage at Bayside also receives grant support for its programs from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the PNC Foundation, the Carl M. Freeman Foundation, the Sussex County Council, and Delaware.