Hickory – Friday, June 8, the City of Hickory’s Sails Original Music Series spices things up with hurricane-force salsa band, Orquesta GarDel.  Thoroughly multinational, but uniquely North Carolinian, Orquesta GarDel thrills audiences with a high-energy, Latin dance music experience.

“This large ensemble blends salsa rhythms with flavors of edgy jazz and funky Cuban dances.  With horn players, percussionists, and coro singers – it’s a party, y’all!” says Bob Sinclair, coordinator for the Sails Music Series.

The group was founded in 2006 by David Garcia, a professor of ethnomusicology at UNC Chapel Hill, and singer Nelson Delgado, whose surnames combine to create the “GarDel” moniker. Orquesta GarDel’s members span multiple generations, combining Latino music veterans with African- and Anglo-American jazzers.

In 2011, Orquesta GarDel released its debut record of original compositions, Lo Que Tú Querías.  The band tours the southeast, having headlined from Roanoke, VA to Charleston, SC, including appearances at the Lake Eden Arts Festival, Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Art Museum, La Fiesta del Pueblo, and Raleigh-Durham hometown venues like Cat’s Cradle and Motorco Music Hall.

The Sails Original Music Series is able to bring excellent musical entertainment from all over the United States with the help of numerous sponsors.  The presenting sponsor of the series is Lowes Foods, while the Hickory Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau was the premier sponsor for the month of May and The Hickory Wine Shoppe is the premier sponsor for the month of September. Additional sponsors include: Bob Sinclair Music, Larry’s Music & Sound, Pfahlert Creative Labs, Olde Hickory Brewery, and Crowne Plaza.  Media partners include WNNC 1230 AM/WAIZ 63 Big Ways, WNCW 88.7FM, and FOCUS Newspaper.

The show begins at 6:30 p.m. and audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Olde Hickory Brewery and Shadow Line Vineyard will sell beer and wine in designated areas, and there are a variety of close-by restaurants to patronize.

The Sails Original Music Series will feature live music under the Sails on the Square in Downtown Hickory every Friday evening in June and September, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

In the event of rain, the Sails Original Music Series will be held indoors at the Hickory Elks Lodge #1654, located at 356 Main Ave NW.  The City’s Facebook pages and website will be updated with those details, if the event is relocated.

For more information about the Sails Original Music Series and upcoming bands, please visit the Sails Music Series Facebook page – www.facebook.com/SailsMusic. 

Orquesta GarDel plays Friday night in downtown Hickory