Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Balkan beats

Balkan Beat Box has no problem filling venues like Webster Hall to capacity, with the crowd getting close as they sweat it out to electronic music and Balkan brass-band stomp.

But for their next New York show, the Brooklyn-based band is scaling things back, playing the Gowanus venue The Bell House June 7 in what promises to be a more intimate show, with a bigger, electrifying sound.

The band, comprised of Jewish, Gypsy, Arabic and American members, will primarily be playing cuts from their mysterious-new-record-in-progress, and “Nu Made,” a mix of dub, Moroccan and Mediterranean melodies and hip hop.

“Our backgrounds are super wide and you will get a totally different one from each band member,” says one of the band’s leaders, Tamir Muskat, naming punk rock, traditional Gypsy & Arabic music, Yaman melodies and dance hall beats as some of the ingredients that go into making BBB’s sound so distinct and grooving.

Don’t miss out for what’s a guaranteed good time in Brooklyn.

Balkan Beat Box play The Bell House (149 7th St.) June 7 with DJ Joro Boro, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 and can bet purchased in advance here. The show is 21 plus. For more information, call 718-643-6510.


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