Community Bocce Derby: April 30, 2020
Che Apalache is a four-man Latingrass band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States. Their style combines South American music and Bluegrass, ranging from vivid Latin rhythms to a cappella mountain gospel songs sung in four part harmony. The group’s founder is Joe Troop (fiddle), a North Carolina-born 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 music 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 form Che Apalache and hit the stage, initially as a bluegrass band, but eventually incorporating Latin American styles into their repertoire. Blending instrumental prowess with tight vocal harmonies, they have created an authentic blend of genres to reflect the nature of their lives.