The Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ 2019-2020 performing arts series is set to continue next week with a nearly sold-out concert by multinational, multi-instrumental musical group Che Apalache.
Incorporating elements of classic American bluegrass, Uruguayan murga, mountain gospel, flamenco, candombe and even a little Spanish Sephardic Jewish music, Che Apalache’s recorded works touch upon the diverse heritages of its four members: Joe Troop (fiddle, USA), Paul Barjau (banjo, Mexico), Martin Bobrik (mandolin, Argentina) and Franco Martino (guitar, Argentina).
With Buenos Aires as a home base, the band regularly tours throughout North, Central and South America, as well as into the Eastern Hemisphere from time to time.
Even so, they occasionally branch well beyond their own respective cultural traditions, occasionally even singing in Japanese. They very regularly perform in Spanish and English.
They dub their style “Latingrass,” combining elements characteristic to the music of Latin America with the traditions of Appalachian bluegrass.
“This group is so unique that I thought they’d be absolutely perfect for our performing arts series,” said Kristine Bretall, The Center’s director of performing arts. “Che Apalache made a deep impression on me with their blending of Spanish and English, a cappella and songs with instruments, South American sounds and Appalachian roots. They are truly a group unlike any other.”
At the time of this article’s publication, the Liberty Theatre is nearly completely sold out, with The Center planning on a full-to-capacity venue well over a week before Che Apalache is due to take to the stage.
“Playing in the Liberty in Hailey will be a treat,” Bretall said. “In such an intimate venue, everyone will have a wonderful seat, but folks should act fast—we are running very low on tickets.”
Sold-out concerts seem to be par for the course for The Center, which recently reached capacity at the Argyros for a Keb’ Mo’ concert, and three times over the summer at River Run, with performances by Jackson Browne, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lucius, Michael Franti and Ziggy Marley.
Che Apalache may not boast the widespread recognizability of those other musical acts, but the band’s unique, innovative sound will likely have enticed music lovers of all backgrounds and genre preferences.
Although the main event at the Liberty Theatre is reaching maximum attendance, Che Apalache will perform an additional concert the afternoon prior to their public appearance. This free concert is just for local high school students—more than 240 of them, another full house.
Educational outreach is a major priority for the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, and Bretall believes Che Apalache will offer students a boundary-breaking insight into the flexibility and innate creativity of musicmaking.
The main concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, at the Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey.
Tickets are, for the moment, still on sale, ranging in cost from $15 to $65, depending on seat placement and Center membership.
For more information, visit sunvalleycenter.org, and get a taste for Che Apalache’s unique stylings on Spotify and YouTube.