Rock-Blues Guitarist


Israeli guitarist, singer and songwriter Bat-Or Kalo fronts her eponymous band and also travels and tours the U.S. and Israel solo (wearing only her last name and her vintage Gibson electric guitar). Fiery, unbridled and electrifying, KALO’s guitar chops and contralto voice are a force like none other. KALO is a tour-de-force that is a staple act across the Midwest, packing venues in Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, Arkansas and Kansas, with frequent tour stops in the Northeast and South. From NYC's famed Bitter End music club to Beale Street in Memphis, Austin's 6th Street, Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Knucklehead's Saloon in Kansas City and beyond, the dynamic act has played alongside the raucous rockers Andy Frasco & the U.N. but has deftly channeled their roots opening for famous blues guitarist John Mayall. They've also shared festival stages with acts like George Thoroughgood, Robert Randolph & The Family Band and many more.

Born in Haifa, Israel, Bat-Or Kalo previously lived in New York City, playing as a guitarist in funk and fusion bands in NYC, including with the Dave Kolker Band and others. Her preferred guitar is her vintage 1950s Gibson Deluxe , but she's also known to pick up a Joel Edison resonator. While she's exclusively been a musician while living in the United States, she's also done stints in the Israeli army, in a sushi restaurant and bakery in Tel Aviv and various other jobs she didn't like nearly as much as playing her guitar. She is a graduate of Oklahoma City University's music program, and has even been seen strutting as the guitar player in the ensemble of Matthew Sweet’s Girlfriend.

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