Interview with Steve Roitstein, founder of Cuban Funk Band PALO (@GoPalo) on #TheSashaMarinaShow!
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 in Boston,
Chicago, and New York.
PALO! performs their own brand of music they call
“Afro-Cuban Funk”. Just think “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
PALO!’s catchy original songs feature the sultry
vocals of Latin Grammy-nominated Leslie Cartaya and the impromptu virtuosity of
legendary saxophonist 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) 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