Pavlo’s music is like the view from the top of a Grecian mountaintop. It is a blend of Greek, flamenco, Latin, Balkan and contemporary pop flavors. Pavlo is a songwriter and guitarist. Though his music has been categorized as Mediterranean, he calls it “feel good music.” Pavlo likes to exude positive energy and wants everyone feeling like family by the time the show ends.
His band plays bouzouki, baglama, cajón, bass and a variety of bongos, congas and percussion instruments — a original instrumental blend of European sounds so romantic and positive, Pavlo said it himself, he and his band create music that goes well with wine. His recent concerts in the Bay Area and Central California have sold out, so he is adding a show at Tooth & Nail Winery this Sunday, May 20 at 7 p.m.
“Wine with Pavlo music — that’s like the perfect pairing,” Pavlo said. He will be performing outdoors in an intimate setting.
“My shows are quite interactive,” he said.
Pavlo Simtikidis was born in Toronto, Canada to Greek parents, but to his fans, he is simply “Pavlo.”
“Lots of things inspire me,” Pavlo remarked of his recent creative motivation. He says people are coming together now more than ever. “I think the state of the world is inspiring. I just think that music is one of the final frontiers on the globe that is truly communal.” No matter where he plays in the world, whether it’s Japan or Germany or wherever, he said, there are no borders when it comes to music.
“My journey in life is connecting people,” he said.
Pavlo said he loves the way people come together at his concerts — so much so, that he is known to give away one of his own line of Pavlo, Signature Series, nylon string acoustic guitars every show he plays. This Sunday, Pavlo admitted, he’ll be giving away a guitar as he always does. He laughed, “Every night’s different. I think this one we’ll probably put a simple ballot together. Hopefully they play guitar so we can jam on the last song — you never know!”
On the world stage, Pavlo’s name is famous and his band is renowned across the globe. He’s sold more than 500,000 records and toured with such artists as José Felician, Jon Secada and The Tenors. His 2000 album “Fantasia” and 1998 album “Pavlo” are certified gold in Canada and in 2005 he was named “World Artist of the Year.” Among his collaborative projects are “Guitarradas” with Remigio Pereira and “Trifecta” with guitar masters Rik Emmett and Oscar Lopez. Currently Pavlo is on tour promoting his second PBS special and video album, “Live in Kastoria.”
“I love to enjoy the moment, so I’ll be playing, I’ll be dancing, they’ll be dancing — whatever comes our way,” said Pavlo, who explained his music is all about enjoying the night, enjoying the music and enjoying each other. Pavlo has 14 albums under his guitar case, so he never plays off a set list. “I just pick whatever songs come to me. Everything is spur-of-the-moment. My band is amazing — they’ve been with me for years. Half the time, I don’t even tell them what I’m going to play. I just start playing and just see how fast they can catch up.”
On Sunday, May 20, the gates to the Castle at Tooth & Nail Winery, 3090 Anderson Road in Paso Robles, will open from 5 to 6 p.m. for a pre-party. The gates officially open at 6 p.m., with set 1 starting at 7 p.m. An intermission will be from 7:45 to 8:15, with set 2 at 8:15 until 9 p.m. for more information, call 805-369-6100. Tickets are $50 (or $25 with the promo code: TNBOGO) at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pavlo-at-the-castle-tickets-44828830238
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