Have a blast with Palo! and cof­fee!

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Palo!, which has been en­er­giz­ing the live mu­sic scene in South Florida since 2003, will per­form at the iconic Lit­tle Havana nightspot Hoy Como Ayer on Fri­day night to cel­e­brate the re­lease of the band’s third al­bum.

A re­mark­able thing has hap­pened since the band re­leased its last al­bum, the Grammy-nom­i­nated “Palo! Live,” in 2009, ac­cord­ing to band­leader Steve Roit­stein. At a time when fa­mil­iar­ity might breed con­tent­ment with the sta­tus quo, Palo! is mak­ing ob­vi­ously and dra­mat­i­cally bet­ter mu­sic, he says.

In par­tic­u­lar, he cites the growth of vo­cal­ist Leslie Car­taya.

“When we were record­ing back in the late 2000s, Leslie was al­ready a force to be reck­oned with, but what’s hap­pened in th­ese past six years or so is that she has de­vel­oped into one of the most in­cred­i­ble tal­ents in all of Latin mu­sic. Her voice is just a com­mand­ing pres­ence,” Roit­stein says.

Car­taya was nom­i­nated for a best new artist Latin Grammy in 2013 for her al­bum, “No Pares.”

Roit­stein, a pi­anist and pro­ducer who day­lights as a pro­fes­sor of mu­sic busi­ness at Mi­ami-Dade Col­lege, is the “Cuban­ized” mem­ber of the band, which in­cludes three Cuban ex­pats — Car­taya, conga player

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Philbert Ar­menteros and Raymer Olalde on tim­bales — and vet­eran South Florida sax­o­phon­ist Ed Calle, born in Venezuela.

“I didn’t re­ally think it was pos­si­ble to get any bet­ter on the sax­o­phone than he al­ready was,” Roit­stein says of Calle. “But he’s taken the Latin sax­o­phone to a dif­fer­ent level than I’ve ever heard any­one do it. He in­volves hu­mor, rhythm, melody. He’s a one-man rhythm sec­tion on that sax­o­phone. He had our jaws on the floor.”

Palo! re­cently played a se­ries of con­certs and fes­ti­vals around the United States and next month will be­gin a tour of Europe. Roit­stein says au­di­ences around the world are “hun­gry” for the Afro-Cuban mu­sic that has helped de­fine the en­er­getic sound of South Florida.

The new al­bum, which in­cludes guest per­for­mances by the likes of Desce­mer Bueno, Aymee Nu­vi­ola and Pedrito Martinez., is called “Yo Quiero Guarachar.”

“It’s tough to trans­late, but it’s like, ‘ I wanna have a blast,’ or ‘I wanna get down,’” Roit­stein says, de­scrib­ing the mu­sic as a vari­a­tion on Cuban timba mixed with the spon­tane­ity of jazz. “The un­known fac­tor, that we could just rip into any­thing at any mo­ment, is some­thing that peo­ple who hear our mu­sic re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate.” Get daily up­dates on South Florida en­ter­tain­ment and things to do at South Florida.com and on Twit­ter at @Ben Cran­dell carib­style­week.com.

Top 40, R&B dance. 7 p.m. Fri­day, Semi­nole Par­adise, Hard Rock Cen­ter Foun­tain, 5804 Semi­nole Way, Hol­ly­wood, free, 954-585-5112, semi­nole­hardrock hol­ly­wood.com.

Starlight Mu­si­cals. 7 p.m. Fri­day, Hol­i­day Park, 1150 G. Harold Mar­tin Dr., Fort Laud­erdale, free, 954-828-5385, fort­laud­erdale.gov.


Also: Green, Stick Fig­ure, Through the Roots, J Boog, DJ Mackle. 6:15 p.m. Fri­day, Sun­set Cove Am­phithe­ater, 12551Glades Rd., Boca Ra­ton, $43.50, $35, 561-488-8069, pbc­gov.com.

8 p.m. Satur­day, Funky Bis­cuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Ra­ton, $15-$30, 561-395-2929, funky­bis­cuit.com.

9 p.m. Satur­day, Mardi Gras Casino, 831N. Fed. Hwy., Hallandale Beach, free, 954-924-3200, mgfla.com.


7 p.m. Satur­day, Semi­nole Hard Rock, Kuro Club, 1Semi­nole Way, Hol­ly­wood, free, 954-327-7625, semi­nole hardrock­hol­ly­wood.com.

8 p.m. Satur­day, Semi­nole Hard Rock, 1Semi­nole Way, Hol­ly­wood, free, 954-327-7625, semi­nole hardrock­hol­ly­wood.com.


With fid­dler Randi Fishen­feld. 8 p.m. Satur­day, Galuppi’s Restau­rant, 1103 N. Fed. Hwy., Pom­pano Beach, free, 954-785-0226, galup­pis.com.


7 p.m. Satur­day, Semi­nole Casino Co­conut Creek,

Palo! per­forms at 11:45 p.m. Fri­day at Hoy Como Ayer (2212 SWEighth St., Mi­ami). For in­for­ma­tion and reser­va­tions, visit GoPalo.com.

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Get­ting that teenager in your house to trade the glow­ing de­vice for a cou­ple of hours in a dark­ened the­ater may seem Leg­ends Lounge in NYY Steak, 5550 NW40th St., free, 954-977-6700, semi­nole co­conutcreek­casino.com.

8 p.m. Satur­day, Semi­nole Casino Co­conut Creek, Nec­tar Lounge, 5550 NW40th St., free, 954-977-6700, semi­nole co­conutcreek­casino.com.


8:30 p.m. Satur­day, Colony Ho­tel, 155 Ham­mon Ave., Palm Beach, $60 (show only), $120 (in­cludes din­ner), 561-659-8100, the­colony­palm­beach.com.

5 p.m. Satur­day, The Palm Beaches Theatre, 250 S. Ocean Blvd., Lake Worth, $25, $35, palm­beach­esthe­atre.org.

8 p.m. Satur­day, Hol­ly­wood Art­sPark, 1 Young Cir­cle, free, 954-921-3500, vis­ithol­ly­woodfl.org.

With Danny Burger Trio. 5-8 p.m. Satur­day, Blue Jean Blues, 3320 NE 33rd St., Fort Laud­erdale, free, 954-306-6330, bjblive.com.

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im­pos­si­ble, but the best op­por­tu­nity to change her mind is now at the Broward Cen­ter. Slow Burn Theatre Com­pany’s dark mu­si­cal com­edy “Heathers” is an eye­swide-open look at the “cruel cru­cible” of high school, as SouthFlorida.com re­viewer Rod Stafford Hag­wood put it, and the cliquish abu­sive­ness that leaves a fa­mil­iar

7 p.m. Satur­day, The Fish House, 10000 SW 56th St., Mi­ami, free, 305-595-8453, the­fish­house.com.

8 p.m. Satur­day, Fill­more, 1700 Wash­ing­ton Ave., Mi­ami Beach, $48.75, $128.75, 305-673-7300, fill­moremb.com.

8 p.m. Satur­day, James L. Knight Cen­ter, 400 SE Sec­ond Ave., Mi­ami, $30.50-$100, 305-416-5970, jlkc.com.

9 p.m. Satur­day, Casino Mi­ami Jai-Alai, 3500 NW 37th Ave., free, 305-633-6400, casi­no­mi­ami­ja­ialai.com.

9 p.m. Satur­day, Ball & Chain, 1513 SWEighth St., Mi­ami, free, 305-643-7820, bal­land­chain­mi­ami.com.

8 p.m. Satur­day, Rooftop Lounge & Restau­rant, 5 NE11th St., Mi­ami, $15, 305-358-9848, 11mi­amirooftop.com. Vo­cal­ists Alicia Branch, Wil­liam Stafford.

Top 40. 7 p.m. Satur­day, Semi­nole Par­adise Hard Rock, Cen­ter Foun­tain, 5804 Semi­nole Way, Hol­ly­wood, free, 866-502-7529, art­serve.org.

With T-Pain. 11p.m. Satur­day, E11Even Mi­ami, 29 NE 11th St., $20, $40, 305-570-4803, bit.ly/irie12.

8 p.m. Satur­day, The Fish House, 10000 SW56th St., Mi­ami, $3, 305-595-8453, the­fish­house.com.


With Big Har­vest. 8 p.m. Satur­day, 5 O’Clock Char­lies, 425 S. Fort Laud­erdale Beach Blvd, Fort Laud­erdale, free, 954-533-4480.


Adeli­tas Way opens. 7 p.m. Satur­day, Pom­pano Beach


Palo! is, from left, Philbert Ar­menteros, Steve Roit­stein, Leslie Car­taya, Raymer Olalde and Ed Calle.

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