Salsa Sunset Sundays: Industry City hosting free salsa dance series
On select Sundays throughout the summer, Industry City will host Salsa Sunset Sundays, a free event offering live music, dancing, family activities and a pop-up market with local businesses.
Willie Villegas of Willie Villegas’ Entre Amigos, a local salsa band, books all the talent for these events. Regarding the first event that took place on June 19, Villegas said, “Everyone there was dancing to the nostalgic sounds of Los Cachimbos de Hoy, who dedicated their music to Salsa Legend Ismael Rivera.”
Villegas will also be back with his band, playing the classic salsa sounds made popular during the ’60s, ’70s and early ’80s. In fact, the community’s response to the first Salsa Sunset Sunday was so good that there are plans to expand it further into the fall.
“It is our priority to directly connect local residents to the cultural, entertainment, educational, employment and entrepreneurship offerings at Industry City,” said Cristal Rivera, director of community engagement. “Our goal is to ensure that the industrial complex becomes an intricate part of the neighborhood for local residents to work, prosper and also come together to celebrate culture, community and family.”
Rivera added, “Salsa Sunset Sundays was created in response to feedback from local residents who have experienced what Industry City has to offer and have asked us to enhance community programming. After a remarkable debut on Father’s Day, we are confident that attendance will continue to grow as the series continues this summer. Sunset Park is an active and vibrant neighborhood, and we’re happy to be a part of it.”
Along with Willie Villegas’ Entre Amigos, other groups performing at the events include the Piel Canela Dancers and the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra. The next Salsa Sunset Sundays are set for July 17 and Aug. 21 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Industry City Courtyard 1 & 2, located at 220 36th St. in Sunset Park.
Food and drink will be available for purchase, or attendees may bring their own coolers and goodies.
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