So if you have a computer and read outlets for cultural criticism as frequently as I do, you've probably heard the buzz about Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar over the past few weeks.
They are a Balkan revivalist group to put it very bluntly but it seems they mix it up with jazz, Latin rhythms and even Jewish music (which usually sounds pretty Balkan and vice versa). Montreal blogger and friend of The JazzClinic, David Ryshpan noted in his review of their Montreal show earlier this week that "once the Orkestar hit the stage, 12 strong (two drummers and ten brass), it was clear that it was party time, even on a Tuesday night."
Thus its very exciting news to me that this group is playing Philadelphia especially since so many people I know and respect have been raving about this group. On the heels of very successful shows at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York, the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago last weekend and again last night at DROM (again in NY), the Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar will perform what the Kimmel Center is calling a "Global Grooves World Music Dance Party."
Chicago's GapersBlock website wrote of their Pitchfork appearance "Led by father/son team Boban and Marko, the band burst into one quick ‘n dirty song after another, even inciting the crowd to dance to a rousing 'Hava Nagila'." And the Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot blogged "The eight-piece brass section romps over a rhythm section with ebullient, strutting flair." YOW!
So GO! I am!
Here are details:
Global Grooves World Music Dance Party
Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar
Thursday, July 24, 2008 | 7:30pm