Have a blast with Palo! and coffee!
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
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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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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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.