PALO! to Headline Brown University Latin Jazz and Pop Festival
Grammy-Nominated band to perform along side renowned Latin musicians

Miami, FL (September 21, 2015) – Miami Afro-Cuban Funk band PALO! has been selected to headline the Brown University Latin Jazz and Pop Festival in Providence, Rhode Island. This will be the third consecutive year that PALO! has been invited to perform at the University.

PALO! has emerged as one of the hottest bands in tropical music. They will be closing the third day of the festival on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 10:00 PM. Their performance will take place at Aurora, 276 Westminster Street, in Providence.

“I am thrilled that PALO! is returning to Providence, RI as a featured headline act for the inaugural Brown University Latin Jazz and Pop Festival.” said Richard Snyder, Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at Brown. “Their irresistible blend of Afro-Cuban Funk will bring a welcome blast of Caribbean heat to New England just in time to melt away the chill of Autumn.”

“We’re really looking forward to seeing everyone in Providence.” said Steve Roitstein, PALO!’s pianist and leader. “It’ll be so great to collaborate with so many great musicians, including our friends Descemer Bueno and Pedrito Martinez.”

During the past year, PALO! received a Grammy nomination for Best Tropical Latin Album 2015 for “PALO! Live”, which also garnered a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Tropical Album. The five-piece group has enjoyed recent sold-out shows and festivals in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Boston, Tampa, Canada, Louisville, and of course, their hometown, Miami.

Miami is where PALO! originated in 2003, combining elements of Salsa music with funk rhythms and jazz for a distinctively seductive sound. Their live shows captivate audiences with catchy songs and spontaneous improvisation. Dancers find their music irresistible. Not surprisingly, PALO! is building an impressive fan base.

PALO! is comprised of vocalist Leslie Cartaya, who was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2013 for Best New Artist; Steve Roitstein, keyboardist and producer known for his work with Celia Cruz, Willy Chirino, Tito Puente, Cheo Feliciano, and Oscar d’Leon, among others; legendary Latin Jazz saxophonist Dr. Ed Calle; and virtuoso percussionists Philbert Armenteros and Raymer Olalde, who bring the Cuban fire and energy that characterizes PALO!.

The inaugural Brown University Latin Jazz and Pop Festival will bring some of the most exciting performers in contemporary Latin music to Providence, RI for five nights in October as a celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. In addition to showcasing local musical talent, the festival features Cuban vocalist and composer Descemer Bueno, who won three Latin Grammy Awards in 2014, including “Song of the Year” for “Bailando.” Other festival highlights include the Grammy and Latin Grammy-nominated Afro-Cuban funk group PALO! and master percussionist and vocalist Pedrito Martinez.

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