Three amazing bands to polish your dancing shoes! It's the Baltimore tour stop for NYC-based Sandaraa and Raya Brass Band, and home sweet home for the Bellevederes, our one and only show this spring. Check out the videos below if you need any convincing. Doors at 8 PM, show at 9 PM, $10 at the door, yes it's a Monday, don't be late sugarcake!
Sandaraa is a new band from Lahore, Pakistan and Brooklyn, New York. The group is fronted by vocalist Zeb Bangash (Zeb and Haniya) and features Brooklyn musicians Michael Winograd on clarinet, Eylem Basaldi on violin, Patrick Farrell on accordion, Yoshie Fruchter on guitar, Benjy Fox-Rosen on bass and drummer Richie Barshay. Sandaraa explores a vast repertoire of South Asian material (from Balochistan, Afghanistan and beyond,) while blending it with the sounds of Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and more. The group was founded in the fall of 2013, with the help of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, and the MAP fund.
RAYA BRASS BAND
Since 2008 Raya Brass Band has thrilled audiences with its energetic brand of soul shaking, border defying dance music. Given the way these six musicians electrify clubs, festivals, underground parties, and even subway cars with their riotous performances, it’s no wonder that they’re often mistaken for a band twice the size. The members of the band all bring their unique voices to the group, creating a sound informed as much by their love for the fierce and seductive music of the Balkans as it is by New Orleans brass bands, punk rock, and a host of other international sounds. When they put it all together, this hard working band gets straight to the point, dancing, sweating, and shouting alongside its audience.
"It all starts with the emcee, a sadly lost part of the modern musical landscape. The Bellevederes employ an old school styl...e Master of Ceremonies to make sure, from the moment they take the stage, you know you're not seeing any old cover band. Getting the crowd into the groove is just the first step in the band's master plan to take you back to a time when music was funky, soulful, and just plain fun. Evoking the sounds of Nancy Wilson, Ray Charles, the Meters, and Aretha Franklin, just to name a few, the group's three-piece horn section, crunchy keyboards, and stand-out lead vocals channel the very best of Stax-era R&B, and the group creates a vibe that makes it damn near impossible to stand still once they take the stage.” – Baltimore City Paper // Best Throwback, 2009