We are SO excited for the concluding event of FNO 2019: the parade down Main Street!
7:30-8:00: The band Prone to Mischief will be leading the parade from Pie Bar to the VFW! Prone to Mischief is a rabble rousing street and parade band with something to say! They are committed to taking their loud and proud brassy music to the street. They celebrate their strength in the diversity of their members and in the styles of their songs which come from all over the world. They love what they’re doing and are having a blast. Follow their Facebook! On why they’re a part of FNO: “This should be a great event. Who doesn’t love a block party, especially one that highlights local artists, businesses, and musicians.” We couldn’t agree more!
8:00-9:00: Prone to Mischief will catch Salsa Train Orchestra and art duo Please Rewind at the VFW! Salsa Train Orchestra formed in Springfield, MA in 2016. The band was formed by Carlos Clinton (Keyboards/Band-Leader) who started playing music as a child in New York City. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York in the 1960’s, Carlos listened to some of the greats of Salsa music including Willie Colon, Ray Barretto, LeBron Brothers, and the Fania All-Stars, as well as other music from Puerto Rico and Cuba. Carlos met George (Pito) Ocasio, Baby Bass and Salsa Train Orchestra Musical Director, while playing in several groups in Western Mass. In 2016, Carlos approached George and asked if he could assist with his piano skills and to try to build a Latin band, which was the beginning of what would become the Salsa Train Orchestra. Frank Amaro soon joined the team on Timbales who also has performed in several bands throughout the years in Western Mass. Together Carlos, George, and Frank started Salsa Train Orchestra in George’s professional recording space in his basement in Springfield. The band has since slowly developed and came together, growing to what it is today! The Salsa Train Orchestra specializes in New York style salsa and Latin Jazz music. All arrangements are written by well-known Trumpet Player and Musical Arranger, Tommy Villariny from Puerto Rico. Tommy is a graduate from the Berkley School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and with his help, he has assisted the Salsa Train Orchestra find its identity as a band that plays New York Style Salsa and Latin Jazz for listeners and dancers alike that want to enjoy great music. Visit their Facebook! Bell & Howl — a duo consisting of Andrew Greto and Dana Gentes and named after Bell and Howell 16mm projectors — will be displaying a piece called “Please Rewind.” It will be a collection of visual images that blend together to form one. Find them on Facebook!