Sunset Wednesday: Bronx SalsaFest—Chino Pons & Grupo Irék
Music on the Great Lawn
Video: Tiki Tiki
One of New York City’s quintessential Salsa groups, Chino Pons and Grupo Irék, launches SalsaFest at Wave Hill this summer. New York City by way of Miami and Cuba, Chino Pons has early roots as a Salsa musician, starting out as a band boy in Miami for Tropical Sound. After moving to New York and spending years in the salsa scene here, he formed Grupo Irék with Hensy Perez, Tosso Hettinger and Heriberto Valentin, and made his first recording as a bandleader with them in 2008. It was during this period that Grupo Irék became one of the best-known and most respected Salsa acts on the New York City circuit. Chino also began playing every year at the Vanidades Magazine anniversary party—previously honoring such classic entertainers as Gloria Estefan, Paquito de Rivera, Ruben Blades and Juan Luis Guerra. In 2013, Chino toured in Japan, playing at the Cuban Japan festival. Since then, he has built up quite a following among Japanese fans of Salsa music.
Sunset Wednesday concerts are held on the Great Lawn. Please leave your blankets home, but feel free to bring a picnic and your own folding chair--ours will fill quickly. You may also use the picnic area adjacent to Glyndor Gallery, or purchase supper from The Café and dine on the Kate French Terrace. In case of rain, the music will move indoors to Armor Hall with overflow space in the Mark Twain Room and the covered terrace. There is no food or drink allowed in Armor Hall. Check wavehill.org for shuttle service and for The Café menu on Sunset Wednesdays.
Grounds open till 8:30PM.
Glyndor Gallery and The Cafe will be open till 7:30PM.
Perkins Visitor Center and Shop till 7PM.
Free with admission to the grounds. Special evening admission to the grounds starts at 4PM; $12 general adult admission; $8 student and seniors 65+; $6 children ages six+.
Purchase admission online by 4pm on day of event and save $2. Online registration opens May 28. (Sorry, no refunds or credits.) Free to Wave Hill Members and children under age six. No guest passes or reciprocal admission accepted.
Sunset Wednesdays offer a series of seven lively outdoor concerts on the Great Lawn overlooking the Hudson River. Enjoy an inspiring mix of jazz, world, folk, Latin and Caribbean artists in this highly anticipated, summer series.