Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra and Tipica 73
Summerstage, East River Park
August 5, 2014
Salsa has a very dear spot in my heart, as it may arguably be New York City’s national anthem, at least in certain parts of town. So I was thrilled to catch the legendary Tipica 73, where coincidentally, it would have been most likely to hear to their albums – the Lower East Side. And admittedly, there’s something special about seeing extended families of grandparents, parents, kids and friends at a show dancing past sunset, and seeing grandparents and parents get absolutely excited about hearing some of the songs that defined their youth. But perhaps what was more inspiring was seeing the remaining original members of the band, playing with the same sort of joy and verve of young men – especially guest vocalist Adalberto Santiago, who struck me as the coolest and sweetest, old man on the face of the earth.
The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra were a lot of fun too but instead of sticking to the standards, they covered and rearranged tons of indie rock – in particular hearing Spoon’s “I Turn My Camera On” and TV on the Radio were an unbelievable trip. In fact, their renditions added an unexpected nuance and texture to material that has become father familiar. And their vocalist, Solange was a rather dynamic and lovely stage presence with a sultry and soulful voice.
Check out some photos form the proceedings below.
Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra
These pictures were during the band’s impressive soundcheck in which they played TV on the Radio. At first I didn’t recognize the song until the first chorus when it occurred to me that it was familiar.
Before the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra’s set, they and a 30 minute salsa lesson and demonstration.
It wasn’t uncommon to come across people with maracas and other percussion, and they would play along with the song.
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