Los Angeles, California

It was so nice to get out of the winter Chicago weather and play in southern California with this week! Thanks to El Cid and the LA Car Show!

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Black Bear Combo at the White House

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left to right: Rob Pleshar, Gerald Bailey, Ehsan Ghoreshi, Dersu Burrows, Doug Abram.

This past week I had the pleasure of joining the Chicago based Balkan brass band entertaining military families for a Halloween party at the White House.  The band debuted a new orange and black costume designed by saxophonist Doug Abram.

Antibalas and Black Bear Combo

I can’t wait to open for Antibalas tomorrow night at Lincoln Hall and finally hear the power of this big horn section live!  They were just featured on Jimmy Fallon last week to advertise the start of their tour.  Many of the songs feature Baritone, Tenor and two trumpets.  I also hear the lead singer designs some of his own clothing.

Black Bear Combo at the Milwaukee Ave Arts Fest

Black Bear Combo at the 2010 festival.

Black Bear Combo is a four to six member brass/reed band. It is described as a raucous mutt channeling the common energy between traditional music from eastern Europe and the Balkans, punk rock, and free jazz.  The band will be performing on the main stage of the Milwaukee Ave Arts Fest on Sunday July 31st at 2pm.

Balkan Beat Box returns to play with Black Bear Combo July 20th.


This is a concert poster from our 2007 concert with Balkan Beat Box by Doug Abram. Black Bear Combo will be opening for them at Lincoln Hall 7/20/2011.

Balkan Beat Box  is a high energy live electronic Balkan band.  There will be a raffle for two tickets to the show this Friday July 18th during DJ Roma Soul’s Balkan Invasion of Wicker park at Subterrainian.  The performance at Empty Bottle in 2007 was pretty crazy so I would expect that Lincoln Hall will be a good party.  If you missed them at Lollapalooza last summer this is a good opportunity to see the band in a more intimate setting.  Check out blackbearcombo.com for more information about the Chicago brass band.