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Bluegrass and Latin music up next in Chandler’s “Live & Upstairs“ series

Friday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.—RANDOLPH—Che Apalache, a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, will combine the sounds of bluegrass and jazz-inflected Latin American acoustic music in concert at Chandler Center for the Arts on Friday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. The performance is the concluding event in the 2017-18 “Live & Upstairs!” music series in Chandler’s Upper Gallery.

The “Latingrass” sound of Che Apalache features the group’s founder, North Carolinian and Argentine transplant Joe Troop, along with three stellar musicians from Argentina and Mexico. Multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and composer Joe Troop moved to Argentina from Winston-Salem, N.C., eight years ago. While carving out a niche in the local music scene, Troop taught bluegrass and old-time music for a living. That’s how he met his most dedicated and engaged students – Pau Barjau (banjo), Franco Martino (guitar), and Martin Bobrik (mandolin). They quickly became picking buddies and in 2013 decided to hit the stage as Che Apalache.

Che Apalache’s debut recording, “Latingrass,” has just been released. The upcoming concert comes near the conclusion of the band’s 20-venue U.S. tour in support of that release. Che Apalache first visited the States in the summer of 2017 for a “five-week ramble” partially funded by the North Carolina Humanities Council and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. During that tour, Che Apalache was chosen as the First Place Neo-traditional Band at the prestigious Appalachian String Band Music Festival in Clifftop, W.V.

Chandler is located at 71-73 Main St., Randolph. For tickets and more information, call 802-728-6464 or visit

Photo courtesy of Chandler Center for the Arts
Che Apalache

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