Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra

The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra is a thrilling 11-piece salsa group which plays dynamic, dura arrangements of indie rock tunes we love.  No bananas in the hair; this is innovative, astonishing salsa with a new, vibrant aesthetic.  With an ever-evolving set list that includes songs by Arcade Fire, TV On The Radio, Spoon, M83, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Black Keys, and many more, the WSO has taken the typical salsa form and infused it with a completely modern identity.  The explosive arrangements have established the band as a groundbreaking force in the New York underground, and has let to international acclaim for its completely new approach to the genre.

The Debut Album has already been recognized by writers and DJs throughout the world as a document which resets the boundaries of the art form and has the potential to bring the music to new audiences around the globe.

Led by percussionist/arranger Gianni Mano (from the Latin-funk legends Radio Mundial), and fronted by Argentinian chanteuse, Solange Prat, the WSO has found an audience among new and classic salsa lovers, quickly becoming one of the most popular bands in New York City.  

The WSO has been featured recently at TEDx Bushwick, New Year’s Eve 2014 at The Kennedy Center, in Rolling Stone Magazine (on the Latin Hot List), and on MTV Iggy, Telemundo, Univision, and on the nationally syndicated program LatiNation on Fox.  Recent shows include Blue Note Jazz Festival at B.B.Kings 42nd Street, The Brooklyn Bowl, SOBs (Sounds of Brazil), The Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Subrosa, Musikfest PA, and many more.

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2016 Schedule

Friday, July 1
The Patriot Brass Ensemble

Friday, July 8
The Sidemen Featuring The Uptown Horns

Friday, July 15

Desert Highway

Friday, July 22
The Stanton Anderson Band

Friday, July 29
Rock the Cove

Friday, August 5
Marvin Floyd and Friends

Friday, August 12
Richie Cannata with The Lords of 52nd St.

Friday, August 19
Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra

Friday, August 26
Soul Sound Revue

Downtown Sounds 2016 Host Joseph Manfredi

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