Due to a continued forecast of inclement weather during this event, our West Side Thursdays performance with Roberto Arias y su Alebreke has been postponed until Thursday, June 27, at 5:30pm.
Raise your life force with the rhythmic sounds of Roberto Arias y su Alebreke – a seven-piece Latin band bringing salsa, bachata, cha cha and merengue to Dexter Park – during our West Side Thursdays summer concert series in partnership with the City of Providence. This not-to-be-missed event also features free dance instruction with Salsa Dancer and choreographer Mori Granot Sanchez.
Set against the backdrop of the Armory Farmers Market, West Side Thursdays – now in its 16th year – is WBNA's free and family-friendly destination event that takes place over several Thursdays in summer, and features live music, activities for kids, Beer Garden by Troop, rentable bocce ball and chess sets, food trucks/vendors, and more!
West Side Thursdays bring neighbors together while showcasing local artists and musicians, and are a great way to let off a little summer steam. For a full schedule of performances and events, go here.
June 20 Schedule
Salsa Night with Roberto Arias y su Alebreke +
free dance instruction with Mori Granot Sanchez
Armory Farmers Market
– RAIN DATE –
June 20 performance (Salsa Night with Roberto Arias) | Rain Date: June 27
about The Artists
Roberto Arias y su Alebreke is a seven-piece ensemble led by Dominican Latin percussionist and vocalist Luis “Robertico” Arias, who has been performing professionally since his teens. He has toured internationally with such bands as Los Hijos del Rey, El Equipo de Dioni Pernandez, Boni Cepeda, The New York Band and La Gran Manzana, and recorded with such artists as David Byrne. Robertico is also a tireless educator, working with a wide range of students from elementary school-aged students to university students and adults. He and his band Alebreke have become Rhode Island institutions with their energy-filled performances of salsa, bachata, cha cha and merengue.
Mori Granot Sanchez is a salsa dancer, choreographer, and teacher. A coach and performer with Masacote Entertainment in Cambridge, MA, Granot-Sanchez also teaches dance at Brown University, and is the founder of RI Latin Dance, a company with a mission to reach out to the community by teaching dance to all age groups and encourage teamwork within: “We aim to bring awareness to the history of Latin dance & music through movement as we see it as an art in motion. Our mission is to put a fun twist to fitness, to stimulate self awareness and growth, to bridge cultural differences, and to build a safe and healthy environment for the community to come together.”
MANY THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!
West Side Thursdays is made possible by a grant from the City of Providence and with support from our sponsors, and is part of Mayor Jorge Elorza's 2019 Celebrate Providence! Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative.
Poster design by Jimmy Lazer