Wednesday, May 1, 2019

CHE APALACHE at Orpheum Theatre - May 9


at Orpheum Theatre

Thursday, May 9, 7:30 PM

Che Apalache is an exciting four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States. Their "Latingrass" style mixes South American music and Bluegrass., and their repertoire ranges from vivid Latin rhythms to a cappella mountain gospel songs sung in four part harmony. 

The group's founder is Joe Troop (fiddle), a North Carolina-born multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and composer who moved to Argentina in 2010. While patiently carving out a niche in the local music scene, Joe taught bluegrass and old-time music for a living. That's how he met Pau Barjau (banjo), Franco Martino (guitar) and Martin Bobrik (mandolin), his most dedicated students. They quickly became picking buddies and in 2013 formed Che Apalache and hit the stage.

Che Apalache began as a 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. 

In 2018 the band expanded their touring coast-to-coast, performing extensively throughout the United States, which generated a feature on All Things Considered which highlighted their ability to overcome boundaries, both musically and geographically, and inject a sense of social justice into their songs. Their impact on audiences has been revelatory.

While on their third US tour the band was discovered by legendary banjo player Bela Fleck, who offered to produce their next record. In February 2019 they traveled to Nashville TN and spent two weeks in the studio. Their new album, "Rearrange My Heart," is the fulfillment of their plan to reveal the group's music in all its vocal and instrumental power and social relevance. It will be released in August this year. 

2019 will be a very busy year for Che Apalache. They will be touring throughout the US three more times, in April/May; July, and September/October/November. Whether it is clubs, concerts, festivals or Fine Arts booking conferences, Che Apalache continues to generate excitement as their reputation expands. The momentum is growing, and the promise for the future of Che Apalache burns bright.

See their website
and see them on YouTube

Tickets are $20, available at the Orpheum Theatre box office, 508-543-2787, or online at Orpheum website. All tickets are reserved seating. For more information, call 508-543-2787 or email

CHE APALACHE at Orpheum Theatre -  May 9
CHE APALACHE at Orpheum Theatre -  May 9

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