Gesa Power House Theatre presents Che Apalache in concert on Friday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m.
“This blend of Appalachian and Latin music took me completely off guard and won me over instantly, This is a band to watch!”
– Béla Fleck
Che Apalache is a four-man string band led by Joe Troop, which features three powerhouse Latin American musicians – two from Argentina, Franco Martino (guitar), Martin Bobrik (mandolin), and Pau Barjau (banjo) from Mexico. The band has been taking audiences by storm with their fusion of Latin and American roots music. Famed banjo player and cross-genre trailblazer Béla Fleck was so taken with the band that he produced their new album, Rearrange My Heart, on Free Dirt Records.
“I love to work with music that intrigues, excites and inspires me,” Fleck explains, “and that describes Che Apalache to a T!”
Che Apalache began as a traditional bluegrass band, but eventually incorporated Latin American styles into their repertoire. Combining instrumental prowess with tight vocal harmonies, they have created an authentic blend of genres to reflect the nature of their lives. Evoking images from Appalachia to the Andes, their debut album, Latingrass, is a testament to a powerful cultural and musical exchange.
In 2017 the band received grants from the North Carolina Humanities Council and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to tour the United States. Everywhere they went on their five-week ramble, they were met with enthusiasm and praise. At the prestigious Appalachian String Band Music Festival in Clifftop, WV they were awarded first place in the Neo-Traditional band competition. Che Apalache was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” in 2018.
Reserved seating tickets ($35-$30 Adults; $20 Students) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500. Invite your friends and let them know you are going on Facebook!
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