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Slavic Soul Party, Cleveland, OH, May 18


9:30 pm, $7 admission

The Happy Dog
5801 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102
(216) 651-9474


Fiery Gypsy brass, soulful Balkan anthems, and hip-grinding American funk: Slavic Soul Party! is just what it says. Brash and strong as slivovitz, these nine musicians have forged a virtuosic new brass band music in the heart of New York City - melding Gypsy, East European, Mexican and Asian immigrant backgrounds with American jazz and soul - and "developed a reputation for delivering a great time." (New York Times)

Recent quotes:

"[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." -Chicago Reader

"Of all the NYC dance bands that draw on Eastern European music, Slavic Soul Party! is the coolest.... SSP! jumps from traditional songs to contemporary covers and originals, connecting the dots of a number of folk schools with surprising finesse... Though all of these elements blend beautifully on the album, SSP! shines brighter as a live band. Its members seem acutely aware of the common principle that unites the traditions they borrow from: Music ought to move you." -TimeOut NY

"Serving up seriously funky old-world brass beats is the uber-sexy New York City-based Slavic Soul Party brass band reinterpreting old-school harmonies and undercurrents with broken beat and hip-hopped style making for mad sounds and infectiously joyous butt-bumping fun. Expect ecstatic and transformative energies to overtake anything that might be making your soul sticky when the full-frontal nine-piece orchestra starts strolling through your psyche." -San Francisco Bay Times

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