progressive soul, female-fronted, popfunk, sultry and groovy


PALA is a female-fronted progressive soul band that was born out of necessity. Extensions of such notable acts as Family Lifted (funk/soul), the Convulsions (British R$B), Echo (vox electronica) and the East Village Project (funk/soul), PALA rises to take the principle of dance music to another level. As the Chicago music scene felt an insurgence of dance music in the late 1990s, members of PALA got on board. It became clear, as the scene faded, that urban audiences were more sophisticated than a repetitive four on the floor. Yes, they wanted to be grooved – but they also wanted to be moved.

Enter PALA: the next millennium of groove. Taking its name from Aldous Huxley's 'The Island', PALA is its own rock in the sea. You will definitely dance, but PALA is forward thinking, not content with just making an audience sway their way. This group embodies the spirit of rock, funk and pop and parlays it with a thick underlying groove and a sultry vocal overlay. Their live shows are intense and busting with soul. But this variety of soul is unique and not limited to the parameters that once defined the genre. PALA is provocative. PALA is progressive. PALA is soul.

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to check out PALA's debut LP, 'Hurry Slowly'


EP: "PALA" (self-released 2002)
LP: "Hurry Slowly" (Down the Moon 2003)
Lastest Single: "The Game" as heard on 93.1 WXRT (Chicago)

Set List

PALA sets vary accordingly - shows can be as long as 4 hours.

PALA performs mostly original material (as found on current releases and unreleased recordings).

Some covers include: "I Tell Myself Wait" (Norah Jones), "Let Me" (Santana), "Move Over" (Janis Joplin), "Rock Steady" (Aretha Franklin)