Panchromatic Steel & Immigré

Panchromatic Steel

Panchromatic Steel is a steeldrum band homegrown in Madison, Wisconsin that plays authentic island calypso, jazz, classical and familiar pop/rock. Its music brightens any day, transports listeners to their happiest moments in the sun, and threads the needle by being creative and artful while still being fun, danceable and accessible to virtually everyone.
The steeldrum, or “steel pan,” is the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago: a small but culturally rich island nation in the south Caribbean off the coast of Venezuela. The instrument is literally a sawed-off 55-gallon oil drum with the top stretched into a bowl shape and painstakingly hand-hammered to create tone-producing centers, which are struck by rubber-tipped mallets. Originating in the 1940's, the steel pan owes its existence in part to the wide availability of discarded oil drums in Trinidad as a result of the presence of U.S./British naval bases and the country's oil and petrochemical industry; but more than that, the steel pan and its vast musical influence are testaments to the creativity, ingenuity and craftsmanship of the people of Trinidad and Tobago.

Founded in 2016 by Chad Bartell and Josh Pultorak, Panchromatic Steel strives to honor Trinidad and Tobago’s contribution by respectfully applying the steel pan to a variety of creative music and showcasing it to audiences across Southern Wisconsin.


In case you haven’t caught this 10-piece
Afrobeat ensemble before, if you frequent live shows around Madison, chances are good you’ve heard some of Immigré’s musicians with other groups in town. Featuring players from bands such as Youngblood Brass Band, Tani Diakite and the Afrofunkstars, and The
Big Payback, these guys have been bringing the funk to dance floors across the Midwest for years. Now, with Immigré, the notorious Afrobeat sound has descended upon Wisconsin in a big way.

Swirling, ostinato guitar patterns,
deep, funky bass lines, and a monstrous percussion section lay the foundation for the searing melodies of the horn section, accentuated by pulsing electric piano comps. The sum total is a sound so massive, a beat so infectious, that audiences can’t sit and
watch. The dance floor draws them in while the groove takes hold.

$10 ADV // $10 DOS

Tickets off sale online.

Who’s Going

Upcoming Events
High Noon Saloon

  • Sorry, there are currently no upcoming events.