Friday, June 2nd 8:30 PM, ALEX AND ANI City Center, FREE
What do you get when you combine sultry Cuban music with propulsive funk beats? PALO!, a Miami-based band that is reinventing the classic Cuban sound for the next generation. Their signature Afro-Cuban funk sounds like salsa with a jazzy, soulful edge. Pianist Steve Roitstein, who has played with legends like Celia Cruz and Tito Puente, founded PALO! in 2003, and recruited fellow musicians like Philbert Armenteros (congas), Raymer Olalde (timbales), and Latin Grammy-nominated vocalist Leslie Cartaya for an improvised musical experiment. Since then the group has become a staple of concerts and festivals in Miami and major cities around the globe. PALO! will bring its searing tropical funk to a special Friday night dance party at PVDFest, preceded by a screening of “Ivy League Rhumba” at Aurora; this documentary about contemporary Latin music was shot at the 2015 Brown University Latin Jazz and Pop Festival.