622 Degraw Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
8:00 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013
Black Bear Combo
Raya Brass Band
Raya Brass Band does it on the dance floor, mashing up the music of Eastern Europe with American dance grooves. Featuring odd meters, unusual scales and a fine helping of gorgeous Balkan and Romany (Gypsy) melodies played on reeds, trumpet, accordion, tuba and drums, Brooklyn favorites Raya Brass Band brings you the best in Eastern European wedding music. “…There’s been a buzz about this band lately and it’s well-deserved…These guys took [the party] up a notch.” –Lucid Culture Raya Brass Band draws in both average listeners and Eastern European folk music aficionados alike with its energetic and engaging portable show. As a fully acoustic ensemble, Raya Brass Band can wander freely, bringing a Balkan style dance party to every corner of the room. With members of the band ready to teach basic Balkan dances at the drop of a hat, the audience can choose to listen, learn some new dance steps, or shake everything they’ve got however they like! Since its inception, Raya Brass Band has thrilled audiences throughout New York City at events ranging from late night rooftop parties parties, Mardi Gras celebrations and large Balkan music festivals to humble community concerts and impromptu “guerilla” shows. By channeling the festive, exciting and spontaneous music of the Balkans, Raya Brass Band brings the immediate and joyous experience of the Eastern European village brass band from its own “village” of Brooklyn, NY. The band has recently appeared at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Joe’s Pub Summer Salon Series with Sxip Shirey at the Cooper Square Hotel, the Brooklyn Flea, Queens Library, Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY, the Children’s Museum of Art in Manhattan and Sarah Small’s Tableaux Vivant at One Hanson Place in Brooklyn. Black Bear Combo
"a velocity and drive that would satisfy a Minutemen fan...ragged, raucous horn voices and odd-metered beats that come straight from the brass-band tradition of the Balkans, where the celebrations sometimes last for days." - Bill Meyer, Chicago Reader Black Bear Combo was formed in 2002 by Doug Abram, a noise drummer inspired to take up horns after hearing Romany musicians in Ceske Krumlov. Our travels have taken us across the country, to festivals on both coasts, Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans, the Halloween party at the White House, and every nook and corner of Chicago. We've played rock clubs, basements, festivals, weddings, funerals and parties of every description. Our sound is rooted in different styles from eastern Europe which we play in a way that's all our own. But it would be nothing without sharing it, so we'll see you at the next show!!!