About PALO! 2018-05-12T16:15:28+00:00


PALO! was nominated for a Grammy and a Latin Grammy for their album PALO! Live. They perform their own style of Cuban music they call “Afro-Cuban Funk”. Just think “funky, jazzy 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.

Afro-Cuban Funk

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!”

Culture & Education

In addition to creating and performing music, PALO! loves to do workshops, master classes, clinics, panels, and cultural seminars.

Band History

In 2003 producer/pianist Steve Roitstein (Celia Cruz, Willy Chirino, Tito Puente, Cheo Feliciano, Oscar d’ Leon) invited his fellow musicians to join him in an improvised musical experiment combining Cuban music with funk beats.

PALO!’s catchy original songs feature the sultry vocals of Latin Grammy-nominated singer Leslie Cartaya. The scorching percussion and vocals of Raymer Olalde punctuate the performances with Cuban fire. Steve Roitstein fuses these elements with a foundation of edgy, unforgettable rhythms. The other two founding members, saxophone virtuoso Dr. Ed Calle and conguero/vocalist Philbert Armenteros were integral band members until their departures in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

From its inception, PALO! has been a featured act in Miami’s premiere live music venues, and in concerts, festivals and private events throughout the world.

Some of the PALO! story was told in two award-winning PBS documentary films: