Ball & Chain
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. PALO!’s catchy original songs feature the sultry vocals of Latin Grammy-nominated Leslie Cartaya and the impromptu virtuosity of Latin Grammy-winning saxophonist Dr. Ed Calle. The scorching percussion and vocals of Philbert Armenteros (congas) and Raymer Olalde (timbales) 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. PALO! has performed for packed houses and festivals in Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, New York, and other cities in the U.S. and Canada. They are currently booking a 2016 tour of Europe, North America and Latin America.