Radio Pachuco came into being in 2011 as the house band for Saturnalia cabaret, an ill-fated production involving some of Scotland's great performers. As such they had to provide the background music for burlesque acts, feats of hypnosis and even a fakir hammering a nail into his head. Certainly not a squeamish band. As time has passed Radio Pachuco have become a tight 6-piece ensemble, playing a mix of swing classics, jazz numbers and songs of the 1950's. Shying away from tired crooner material, their cool and fast-paced performance is a mix between Cole Porter and Etta James, and singer Sophie Adams' voice will make you want to rummage through your grandparents' record collection.
Karel Kalaf is a well-known and respected musician with exceptional international experience. With over fifteen years of professional experience, including a BA in Classical Music and Teaching from the National Conservatoire in the Dominican Republic. He was awarded the prize for Classical Guitarist of the Year in 2007 and has also produced tracks for film and radio. In 2008, he represented his country at an International Guitar Festival in Cuba and has also been invited to perform in a number of countries including the UK, Holland, Argentina, France and Spain, among others. In 2009, as the Artistic Director with the band Marel, Karel travelled to Buenos Aires on tour where he opened a concert for the legendary Juan Luis Guerra. He was also a special guest representing his country at the recent Viva América events in Madrid.
Karel plays and teaches a wide variety of musical styles including classical, rock, jazz, blues, Latin, funk and merengue. His work has been featured in films, most recently in the film El Trópico de Sangre. For a concert he played in with the world famous ensemble Los Hermanos Rosario, he was awarded the Concert of The Year in 2010 at the coveted Cassandra awards in the Caribbean.
Event: RADIO PACHUCO, MANHATTEN, KAREL KALAF
Date: Friday 17th November 2017
Venue: Whistle Binkies
Time : 17:00 - 03:00
Cost: Free B4 Midnight, £4 After
Saturday 23rd June
DIE HAPPY, EMILY & THE FEDORAS, SAFEHOUSE, GED HANLEY TRIO
Sunday 24th June
BOURBON STREET BAND, RANTUM SCANTUM
Monday 25th June
Open Mic Night