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Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra Saturday night Headliner during Fayetteville festival

Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra
(Fayetteville, NC) July 31, 2018 — Grab a dance partner and get ready for an unforgettable experience … the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra (WSO) is the Saturday evening headliner at the 40th Annual International Folk Festival with Compare Foods.

The 11-piece Salsa group is scheduled to take the Festival Park stage at 6:15 p.m. on Sept. 29. Their performance is part of an extensive entertainment lineup throughout the festival weekend of Sept. 28 through 30 in downtown Fayetteville. The group originates from Brooklyn, New York (hence, the reference to Williamsburg, a neighborhood in the borough).

Think incredible horn arrangements, pulsating percussion and sultry vocals of Indie rock tunes that we won’t be able to shake from our heads. Here’s WSO’s video to the Cure’s Lovesong:

Their evolving set list also includes songs by Arcade Fire, TV On The Radio, Spoon, M83, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Black Keys, and more. According to their promotional materials, “WSO has taken the typical Salsa form and infused it with a completely modern identity.”

WSO is led by percussionist/arranger Gianni Mano (from the Latin-funk legends Radio Mundial) and Argentinian chanteuse Solange Prat. The group’s debut album, Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, has secured worldwide attention and audiences for the group with New York City roots. A second album, Dialectica, was released this summer.

They have been featured in Rolling Stone (on the Latin Hot List), on Telemundo and Univision, and on the nationally syndicated program LatiNation on FOX.

“High energy seems to be a common thread in many of the entertainment groups during this special anniversary of International Folk Festival,” says Deborah Martin Mintz, Executive Director of the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. “We are thrilled to announce Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra as part of an exciting lineup throughout the weekend.”

A fireworks finale is expected to end Saturday evening’s festivities.

Fayetteville’s 40th annual International Folk Festival will include free multicultural entertainment throughout the weekend, more than 50 arts and crafts vendors, an array of authentic foods for purchase in The International Cafe, and a Saturday morning Parade of Nations, which traditionally features local people representing more than 30 countries or cultures.

For more information about the International Folk Festival, visit

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The International Folk Festival is offered free to the public, thanks to the support of Sponsors. For the third consecutive year, the Arts Council is honored to announce that Compare Foods is the Vanguard Partner for the festival. Leading Sponsors are the North Carolina Education Lottery, Lumbee River EMC, and The Fayetteville Observer. Supporting Sponsors are Cape Fear Eye Associates and CarolinasDentist. Friend Sponsors include BB&T, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Mike Ransom/Farm Bureau Insurance, and WRAL-TV. New to the festival are rickshaws for transporting festival attendees; sponsor for the six rickshaws is Coldwell Banker Advantage. Also new to the festival are Saturday night fireworks sponsored by Hale Artificier. The Arts Council also is pleased to announce Red Lion Inn & Suites as the Preferred Hotel Partner for the International Folk Festival. In-kind beverage Sponsors are Coca-Cola and R.A. Jeffreys. The Arts Council also receives annual support from Cumberland County, the City of Fayetteville, and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.


The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County was founded in 1973. As a link between artists, arts and cultural organizations and the community, the nonprofit agency administers programs in partnership with a variety of local agencies to stimulate community development through the arts. The Arts Council supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development and lifelong learning through the arts. 

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The Arts Council’s grants, programs and services are funded in part by contributions from businesses and individuals, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.