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Concert series gets spicy

New England and Maine aren’t known as homes of salsa music. And they’re a long way from Federal Way.

But that out-of-the-way path was followed by the leaders of Grupo Son to Steel Lake Park where the acoustic Cuban music group will perform tonight at 7 p.m. in the third installment of the Summer Sounds at the Beach concerts.

The Seattle-based group, favoring music that is considered one of the roots of modern salsa, is led by guitarist Fred Hoadley. He also started the salsa band Bochinche and the Afro-Cuban jazz band Sonando. He’s originally from the New England area.

Elspeth Macdonald, Grupo Son’s Maine connection (she grew up there), sharpened her vocal and percussion skills by studying with musicians in Cuba and Venezuela.

Other group members are bassist Barney Brazitis, who met Hoadley while studying at Cornish College of the Performing Arts; percussionist Ernesto Pediangco and Pete Wilson, former trumpet player for the Seattle Seahawks band.

Summer Sounds, sponsored by the city of Federal Way, the Cultural Development Authority and Eagle stores, is each Wednesday through Aug. 20. Still to come: The Cutters (celtic) July 30, Brian Waite Band (children’s music) Aug. 6, Duwamish Dixieland (jazz) Aug. 13 and Jazz for Youth (pop music) Aug. 20.

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