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The Afro-Carribean all-stars featuring Andy Narell & Panchromatic Steel

August 14 @ 8:30 pm

Free

Sessions at McPike Park has scheduled an ambitious series of concerts this summer. Although only the jazz events are listed on this calendar, all the acts are worth checking out.

2022 SESSIONS AT McPIKE PARK

  • AUGUST 12, 13, 14
    FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY
  • AUGUST 18, 19
    THURSDAY AND FRIDAY
  • AUGUST 31, SEPTEMBER 1
    WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY

Panchromatic Steel

Founded in 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin, Panchromatic Steel has blazed an entirely new trail in the city’s music scene, fusing island styles with pop hits, rock and jazz into a high-energy blend that is hard to categorize but easy to love. With top-shelf instrumentalism and wide-ranging appeal, Panchromatic’s music brightens any day, transports listeners to their happiest moments in the sun, and threads the needle by being artful yet accessible to virtually everyone.

At the heart of Panchromatic’s sound is the steeldrum, or “steelpan” as it’s known in its native Trinidad & Tobago. The instrument is a sawed-off 55-gallon oil drum with the top stretched into a bowl and hand-hammered to create tone-producing dents that ring when struck by rubber-tipped mallets. Its tropical associations are hokey to some and delightful to others; but either way, the cliches at best tell only a small part of the steelpan’s story. In reality, they belie the instrument’s fierce but woefully under-appreciated musical tradition – one which boasts levels of complexity, creativity and energy rivaled by few other musical artforms.

While Panchromatic Steel embraces the steelpan tradition, it also aims for something new with vocals and a variety of other instruments, including horns, vibraphone, keyboards and multiple percussionists. With its multicolored palette, the band re-imagines danceable favorites by the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire, Led Zeppelin, and Stevie Wonder and rocks them as well as any guitar-based cover band, and usually far more memorably.

Details

Date:
August 14
Time:
8:30 pm
Cost:
Free

Organizer

The Sessions at McPike Park
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Venue

Madison McPike Park
202 S Ingersoll St
Madison, Wi
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