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Raphael McGregor

The Owl

Havaquinho ( a play on Cavaquinho, the Brazilian Ukulele, and Guitarra Havaiana, the Portuguese name for Lap Steel) performs Brazilian music with a Hawaiian twist. Featuring the talents of Mike Lavalle (Cavaquinho/Bass), James Shipp (Vibes/Keys/Percussion) and Raphael McGregor (Steel Guitars/Percussion) Havaquinho presents a fresh perspective on Forro, Choro, and Hawaiian music with fluid improvisations, instrument switches, and inventive re-imaginings of the classic repertoire.

Yotoco is a NYC-based band that plays original Latin-American music. Yotoco draws from the traditions of Cuban Rumba and Son, Colombian Cumbia and Puerto Rican Jibaro Music and Plena to create something unique and danceable. Sebastian Lopez – bass and voice; Natalia Perez – Guiro, Clave and Voice; Gabo Tomassini – Congas; Ruben Coca (guest) – drum kit and Geovani Caldero – Puerto Rican Cuatro.

Steel Guitar Unconvention Presents Terrell King and Havaquinho

Jalopy Theater, 315 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY

Terrell King and Rayfield "Ray Ray" Holloman:

Sacred steel phenomenon Terrell King has performed with the Campbell brothers, Kashiah Hunter, and a wide variety of other sacred steel bands, and was a featured artist at the 2021 Steel Guitar Unconvention. He is joined by the legendary Rayfield "Ray Ray" Holloman, who is currently a touring member of Eminem and Robert Randolph's bands. Backed by Mike Lavalle (bass) and Bill Campbell (drums), this will be one you don't want to miss!


Mike Lavalle and Raphael McGregor have been playing Brazilian music for years in bands such as Scott Kettner's Nation Beat, Mike Lavalle's Forro Party, and Rob Curto's Forro for All. Their latest project, Havaquinho, presents Brazilian classics in a stripped-down setting featuring steel guitar and cavaquinho, which highlights the melodic and harmonic intricacy of forro, samba, and choro.

Jalopy will be following all state and city distancing and capacity guidelines, along with providing UV powered air filtration and adequate ventilation. We will also be requiring all who attend to show us proof of the following... Being fully vaccinated and it has been 14 days or longer since your final shot. Attendees must follow all mask, distancing and hand washing guidelines when in attendance. If you are vaccinated in New York, we encourage you to use Excelsior Pass to prove your vaccination. Excelsior pass is an app for your phone that can hold your vaccination and testing data. Download Excelsior Pass in the apple store or on google play. NOTE: We will also accept other forms of proof of vaccination from other states including CDC Vaccination cards (with photo id), etc.


Raphael McGregor's Guitarra de Aco featuring Tamar Korn

Raphael McGregor, Barbes, Brooklyn, New York

A special holiday edition of the Guitarra De Aco project, featuring Brain Cloud singer Tamar Korn!  We will do some unexpected songs to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah, Christmas, and the holiday season in general. 

Youtube vids, Cd sales, and snarky comments on FB:


My first CD as a leader, composed and arranged entirely by myself!  Featuring Oran Etkin on reeds, Vinnie Sperrazza on drums, Nick Russo on guitars, and Jason Sypher on upright bass.  Check out the Audio page to hear samples, the Press/Reviews page to see what the critics say, and visit CD Baby to purchase a digital or physical copy.  

Some of the albums I've been on as a sideman

I've been privileged to record with a number of great groups throughout the years.  On some of these albums I only appear on a few songs; some, like Nation Beat and Brain Cloud are projects to which I devoted a tremendous amount of energy and of which I'm very proud.  


Sarah Alden:Fists of Violets:  I love playing with Sarah; she's always energetic and exciting and full of soul.  We recorded this album over one night, in her beautiful apartment, all sitting in one room.  In between takes we drank her great coffee and ate her delicious food.  Best recording session ever.  


Brain Cloud: I've been playing in Dennis Lichtman's band for about four years now; we've had a weekly gig for about that long.  Come see us every Monday at Barbes, and pick up our first two albums, "Brain Cloud" and "Outside Looking In."  I'm particularly proud of the work I did on "Outside Looking In" not only as a performer but also as editor, engineer, and co-producer.  

Nation Beat:  Nation Beat was the first band I played with in NYC, and I ended up being with them for eight years.  Scott Kettner remains a great friend and an inspiration to me and I couldn't be prouder of how that band developed and continues to do so.  We did our first album in Brazil in 2005, then another one in 2007 on Modiba Records which featured the Klezmatics and other guest artists, and then our third, Growing Stone, right here in Brooklyn.  Make sure to keep an eye on this band and on Scott in the future!


Miss Tess:  I played in Tess' band for about a year, hit the road with them pretty hard, and loved every minute of it.  Tess is the real thing--talented singer and songwriter, smoking guitarist, and incredible all-around person and musician.  I got to play some unique venues with Tess, from theaters opening for Eilen Jewell to tattoo parlors in Fort Lauderdale.  She calls her sound "Modern Vintage" and I think it's a perfect term for her blend of old and new, country and rockabilly, swing and folk.  I was lucky enough to be on two albums with Tess, a live one recorded at the RegattaBar in Boston, "Live Across the Mason-Dixon Line" and a studio one on which I did some overdubbing, "Sweet Talk."

Michaela Anne:  Michaela is a great up and coming singer/songwriter.  Playing with her scratches my itch to play that kind of music.  This album was recorded at Atlantic Sound in Brooklyn, which is where I ended up making my album because it was so beautiful to be sitting there recording while staring out at the East River bridges.  Second best recording session ever.