On August 26th, 1971, New York gives birth to a sound that would change the face of Latin Music forever. That evening the legendary label Fania, presented an ensemble of its best artists – The Fania All-Stars. The show was billed as “Our Latin Thing.” In the decades ahead the All-Stars would become the ambassadors and juggernauts of Latin Music around the world. They became the musical reflection of the times, needs, and struggles of New York’s Latino community. The music was influenced by American jazz, soul, and rock-and-roll. Their music became part of Americana. Today, taking up the mantle of Our Latin Thing, an ensemble of seventeen musicians pays tribute to this legendary group, performing an assortment of the All-Stars’ top hits and taking the audience on a musical and poetic journey.
The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra is unlike any band you’ve heard before, a traditional 11-piece Latin band which plays dynamic, thrilling arrangements of indie rock tunes. With an ever-evolving set list that includes songs by Yeaseayer, Japanther, Animal Collective, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV On The Radio, The Mars Volta, Arcade Fire, and many more, the WSO will make a salsa-believer out of you! Lead by percussionist/arranger Gianni Mano, (from the Brooklyn Latin-funk legends Radio Mundial), the WSO contains some of the best young players on the scene including a full compliment of horns and percussion. With the attitude of a rock band, and the grooves of classic New York salsa, not to mention a brand new album, we hope the WSO is here to stay.
DJ Ron Zilla and DJ Dres will be joining the salsa acts.