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.
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.
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.
I’m excited to announce that I’m playing with the great Syl Johnson this coming Sunday evening. Who is Syl Johnson? He is famous for working with Al Green producer Willie Mitchell and has been sampled heavily by artists such as Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy and the Geto Boys. Listen to Syl on Numero Group’s page. West Fest is located at the corner of Damen and Chicago Ave. The horn section will feature Chris Neil on saxophone, Andrew Zelm on trombone and myself on trumpet.