The group PALO!, nominated for a 2014 Latin Grammy, shines in the documentary “Miami Boheme: An American Musical Journey”, a film that highlights Miami’s diverse music scene and culture.
Recently, the film was nominated for an Emmy award on behalf of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Suncoast Chapter.Â The 38th edition of the Suncoast Emmy Awards will be held on December 13 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Under the direction of Joe Cardona and Ralf Gonzalez, the documentary captures Miami’s unique music scene through the eyes of native bands such as: PALO!, Spam Allstars, Locos Por Juana, SuÃ©nalo, Elastic Bond and Afrobeta.Â It takes you on a magical journey through the city, its most iconic sites, clubs, and venues that have made the music scene in Miami one of the most appealing and innovative in the country. The film is narrated in the first person by PALO!‘s producer and keyboardist, Steve Roitstein, who also co-produced the film and did all the additional scoring.
In addition to the musical performances, the documentary includes an interesting series of interviews with the most prominent bands within the local music scene in Miami, an extraordinary combination of music and culture that captures the true essence of these native bands.
“Miami Boheme: An American Musical Journey” was officially released on March 19th in Miami and has been broadcast continuously on local public television (WPBT 2 Miami) and other TV stations such as PBS Providence, RI.Â In addition to the Emmy nomination, the documentary received an Aurora Award for Best In Show and two Telly Awards.
PALO!Â was formed in 2003 in Miami, FL.Â The band is comprised of the vocalist Leslie Cartaya, who was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2013 for Best New Artist, Steve Roitstein, keyboardist and producer known for his work with Celia Cruz, Willy Chirino, Tito Puente, Cheo Feliciano, Oscar d’Leon, among others, Ed Calle, a talented saxophonist recognized for his ability to improvise, and the percussionists and vocalists of the group, Philbert Armenteros and Raymer Olalde, which bring the Cuban fire and energy that characterizes PALO!.
PALO! is Salsa with a taste of Jazz, doused with infectious funk rhythms and jazz improvisation, a distinct style of Cuban music proving to be irresistible for those that love to dance.