Creating roots music bridging Latin and American folk traditions.


Appalatin’s foot-stomping, hip-swinging sounds organically unite Appalachian folk and high-energy Latin music. The name, Appalatin, reflects the unexpected meeting in Louisville, KY of Kentucky-raised musicians and masterful Latin émigrés from Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. Their all-acoustic performances of traditional stings of guitar, mandolin, upright bass, and charango, indigenous Andean flutes, hand percussion, harmonica and vocal harmonies have brought joy and happiness to listeners of all ages.

After starting out playing a weekly show at a local coffee shop for free coffee in 2006, the band has since performed at some of their region’s most prestigious stages and venues. Since the release of their first album in 2011, the band has shared the stage with Red Baraat, Sam Bush, Claire Lynch, The Black Lilies, La Santa Cecilia, Ben Sollee and many others. in May of 2013, they had the honor of performing before 10,000+ people in Louisville’s Yum! Center at the Dalai Lama’s Public Talk. They have also appeared on radio shows such as Michael Jonathon's Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, Red Barn Radio, 91.9 FM WFPK’s "Live Lunch", Kentucky Homefront and were featured on West Virginia Public Radio’s “Inside Appalachia.” In addition, the track “Alpa Mayo” from their Waterside album has appeared on PRI’s “The World.”

Appalatin have reinvented traditional Appalachian music by infusing Latin rhythm and song into the rural folk form. It’s a surprisingly seductive blend of bluegrass bolero and countrified cumbia.” - Kyle Long, Nuvo, Indianapolis

In 2014, the band was awarded the Americana Award by the Louisville Music Awards Academy. In addition they are the feature of a Emmy-nominated PBS-affiliate documentary in the Kentucky Muse series, now distributed nationwide on public stations.  The band has been in the studio recording its 3rd studio album and is set to release it in Spring 2018.    

Yani Vozos: Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin

Marlon Obando: Vocals, Guitar

Fernando Moya: Andean Flutes, charango

Luis De Leon: Percussion, harmonica

Jose Oreta: Bass

Steve Sizemore: Percussion



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Appropriate For: Concerts, shows, festivals, schools and workshops

Workshops Offered: Central American and Appalachian Folk Music Roots, Songwriting, Composition and Improvisation, Andean Folk Music and Instruments, Latin Percussion and Rhythms

Inspired By:  Inti Illimani, Jarabe de Palo, Bill Monroe, Manu Chao, Mercedes Sosa, Victor Jara, Carlos Santana, Allman Brothers

Home Base: Louisville, KY 

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Booking Contact:

David Salada, The Sparrow Agency


phone: 270-205-1628

Management and General Inquiries: 

Yani Vozos                                                             

Phone: 502-291-6046


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