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Slavic Soul Party and 12/8 Path Band at the 9th Ward
Thursday, January 23, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm$10 – $12
Heat up 2020 with an ecstatic dance party unlike any other featuring NYC’s infamous hybrid Balkan brass band Slavic Soul Party! and Buffalo’s own pan-stylistic groove machine the 12/8 Path Band!
Fiery Balkan brass, irresistible beats, Roma (Gypsy) accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops make Slavic Soul Party! NYC’s official #1 brass band for BalkanSoul GypsyFunk. These nine musicians pump the sounds of New York life through a Balkan brass filter, making new music out of immigration, integration, and ingenuity. The band’s Tuesday night residency in Brooklyn has become a destination for music fans from around the world, and is famous for “delivering a great time.” (New York Times) In over a decade of touring North America, Europe, and beyond, SSP! has performed everywhere from Serbian schoolyards to prison courtyards, Turkish palaces to Russian baths, dive bars to Carnegie Hall, from Amsterdam to Zacatecas and Austria to Zimbabwe. The group’s most recent record “SSP! Plays Duke Ellington’s Far East Suite” (Ropeadope) is their sixth album; it “honors the tunes and spirit of the Ellington opus while adding their own flavor” (Chicago Reader), is “a pretty heavenly match” (TimeOut NY), and “a manifesto on cultural boundaries, historical lineage and how they play into individual creativity.” (Wall St. Journal)
“Anytime musicians study traditions deeply, and then free themselves to follow their own whims, it’s a beautiful thing. But when it comes to the brass band fusion of Slavic Soul Party! that’s just the beginning. With razor-sharp precision, juggernaut force, and a healthy dose of playfulness, these guys start out in overdrive and never let up… Slavic Soul Party! offers a gutpunch to preconceptions about traditional music, world music, pop music, dance music, but I’ll tell you, this is one gutpunch you’ll enjoy.” —Banning Eyre, NPR’s All Things Considered
“One of our all-time favorite NYC bands” —National Geographic Music
“Slavic Soul Party! doesn’t strain for authenticity… it plays its chosen music with skill and spirit.” —Jon Pareles, New York Times
“…terrifying, exhausting and way more aggressive than a lot of punk music I’ve seen.” —Sufjan Stevens, Rolling Stone
“[Slavic Soul Party! is] one of the few that can balance its manic energy and irreverent spirit with a deep understanding of eastern European folk forms and the chops to play them.” —Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader
The 9th Ward
$12 general admission