Che Apalache is a four-man Latingrass band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States. The group's founder is Joe Troop (fiddle), a North Carolinian 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 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 decided to hit the stage.
The group began as a bluegrass band, but eventually incorporated Latin American styles into their repertoire. Combining instrumental prowess with tight vocal harmonies, they have curated an authentic blend of genres to reflect the nature of their lives, evoking images from Appalachia to the Andes. Their most recent album, Rearrange My Heart, is produced by banjo legend Béla Fleck.
Currently on a coast-to-coast tour, Che Apalache will be performing at the Winchester Dondero Cultural Center Park Amphitheater for one night only, October 2nd at 7pm. Admission is free. Bring a folding chair, or blanket to seat on the grass. Food available for sale. No dogs without a leash are allowed.
Those interested in this event can call the Winchester Dondero Cultural Center at (702) 455-7340 or visit the website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/parks or through Che Apalache's website, www.cheapalache.com. Clark County Parks and Recreation also can be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.