PALO! - "AFRO-CUBAN FUNK"

 

PALO! was nominated for a 2015 Grammy and a Latin Grammy for their album PALO! Live. They perform their own brand of music they call “Afro-Cuban Funk”. Just think “funky, jazzed-up salsa”, or better yet, listen to some of their music. The group’s unique, danceable sound blends the allure of Cuban music with funky beats and jazzy improvisation.

 

There’s nothing like the experience of a live PALO! show. Their influences include Beny Moré, James Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth Wind and Fire, Cachao, The Spam AllStars, Stevie Wonder, Perez Prado, The Beatles, Willy Chirino, Ismael Rivera, and many more innovators of latin and urban music.
 
PALO! was nominated for a 2015 Grammy and a Latin Grammy for their album PALO! Live. They perform their own brand of music they call “Afro-Cuban Funk”. The group’s unique, danceable sound blends the allure of Cuban music with funky beats and jazzy improvisation.
 
PALO!’s catchy original songs feature the sultry vocals of Latin Grammy-nominated Leslie Cartaya and the impromptu virtuosity of legendary saxophonist Dr. Ed Calle. The scorching percussion and vocals of Philbert Armenteros and Raymer Olalde punctuate their performances with Cuban fire. Producer/pianist Steve Roitstein (Celia Cruz, Willy Chirino, Tito Puente, Cheo Feliciano, Oscar d’ Leon) fuses these elements with a foundation of edgy, unforgettable rhythms.  The New York Post proclaims “Afro-Cuban Funk is Cuban music for the new generation. And the leader of the sound is the Miami based band PALO!”
 
PALO! began in 2003 when Steve Roitstein invited his fellow musicians to join him in an improvised musical experiment combining Cuban music with funk beats. The band immediately became a featured act in Miami’s premiere live music venues, concerts, festivals and events. The winner of Miami New Times’ BEST LATIN BAND 2014, PALO! has performed for packed houses and festivals in Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, New York, and other cities in the U.S. and Canada, now TSAHARA PRODUCTIONS will bring them for the first time to Europe!


The New York Post proclaims : “Afro-Cuban Funk is Cuban music for the new generation. And the leader of the sound is the Miami based band PALO!”

 

Live they exist of a core band of Steve Roitstein on keys, Leslie cartaya on vocals and Raymer Olade on timbales. Saxophone and congaplayer are added to the line-up, both to be confirmed depending who is available.


 

 

Territory: Europe

Period: June & July 2017

Also any time upon request

The band is based in Miami

5 on stage, 6 on the road

 

PALO! are 

(5 musicians + sound man)
Leslie Cartaya (vocals)
Raymer Olalde (timbales)

Steve Roitstein (piano)

+ saxophone

+ congas