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The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, Spanglish Fly, Los Hacheros
Jan 31, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm| Free
THE 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; thisis innovative, astonishing salsa with a new, vibrant and aesthetic. With an ever-evolving set list that includes songs by Arcade Fire, Black Keys, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Animal Collective, TV On The Radio, Spoon, and many more, the WSO has taken the typical salsa form and infused it with a complete modern identity.
SPANGLISH FLY is New York City’s only band dedicated to reviving and renewing the music known as Latin bugalú or boogaloo, the sound that sprang from the street corners, the transistor radios, the pool halls and the clubs of 1960s Spanish Harlem. Featuring 11 members with origins in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico, the UK., Canada, “Loisaida” and Upper Manhattan, Spanglish Fly comes together to play the mixture of soul, r & b, and Latin rhythms that was born in El Barrio. The band’s live shows are explosive Latin Soul parties with packed dance floors. Fans, whether they’ve been listening to boogaloo since back in the day or just since yesterday, shake their thing to Spanglish Fly’s original tunes, which pay homage to the boogaloo genre while refreshing it for a new generation. A Spanglish Fly show is a night of stirring melodies, danceable grooves and instant crowd engagement, including the popular Bugalú Dance Lesson. In the summer of 2009 Spanglish Fly began playing shows in Spanish Harlem and North Brooklyn, eventually dazzling audiences at renown NYC venues such as SOB’s, Le Poisson Rouge, Drom, Sullivan Hall, Brooklyn Bowl and Fonda Boricua Lounge
Since 2011, Los Hacheros have been setting dance floors aflame with a gritty soulfulness that has been absent far too long from the modern Latin scene. Through their music, one hears echoes of legends such as Ray Barretto, Fania, and Arsenio Rodriguez, but with an immediacy that is unmistakably New York, now. Combining the raw emotion of Papote Jimenez’s vocals, Eddie Venegas and Itai Kriss’ powerful mambos, and Jacob Plasse’s psychedelic tres guitar, Los Hacheros have created a revelatory sound that is both unique and timeless.
Los Hacheros’ debut album, Pilon, out now on Chulo Records, was recorded live on a 388 Tascam tape machine with no computers or overdubs. The result? A perfect blend of polyrhythms and improvisational flights, earning the praise of die-hard salseros, while also introducing a younger generation to the music’s beauty and enduring vitality.