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West Side Thursdays: Roberto Arias y su Alebreke + Shakespeare!

  • Dexter Training Ground Parade Street & Hudson Street Providence, RI 02909 (map)


From 5:30 to 7pm, 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 (rescheduled from June 20) also features free dance instruction with Salsa Dancer and choreographer Mori Granot Sanchez.

Following the concert at 8pm, enjoy Trinity Repertory Company's Shakespeare en el Verano (Shakespeare in the Summer) with a bilingual English-Spanish adaptation of Tanta Bulla…¿Y Pa’ Qué? / Much Ado About Nothing in partnership with Rhode Island Latino Arts. Enjoy this classic Shakespearean romantic comedy full of trickery & missteps that unwittingly results in a double marriage. Please note: Beer Garden will not be available during this later performance.

Set against the backdrop of the Armory Farmers MarketWest 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 a Beer Garden, special Farmers Market events, rentable bocce ball and chess sets, food trucks/vendors, and more! For the full schedule of performances, go here.

June 27 Schedule

Roberto Arias y su Alebreke + dance instruction with Mori Granot Sanchez
+ Trinity Rep’s Much Ado About Nothing / Tanta Bulla…¿Y Pa’ Qué?

Armory Farmers Market

Featured musical performance: Roberto Arias y su Alebreke
Salsa dancing instruction with Mori Granot Sanchez

Beer Garden by Troop, Powered by Revival Brewing Co

Trinity Repertory's English-Spanish bilingual performance of
Much Ado About Nothing / Tanta Bulla…¿Y Pa’ Qué?


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.”

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.

about Much Ado About Nothing / Tanta Bulla…¿Y Pa’ Qué?

Trinity Repertory Company's Shakespeare en el Verano (Shakespeare in the Summer) premieres a bilingual English-Spanish adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing in partnership with Rhode Island Latino Arts (RILA). Adapted by Kufa Castro and directed by Tatyana-Marie Carlo, the production will tour throughout Providence and RI from June 8-Aug 3, 2019. All performances are free, open to the public and appropriate for all ages.

Shakespeare en el Verano at West Side Thursdays is made possible by the Trinity Repertory Company and Rhode Island Latino Arts, and is supported in part by the Providence Tourism Council and by Providence's Department of Art, Culture + Tourism.


Earlier Event: June 25
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