Kudos to my local Barbes, which not only stayed open in the face of Hurricane Tropical Storm Irene last night, but was one of the only bars I know that actually had live music, courtesy of the Raya Brass Band: yet another of the dozen-or-so Balkan bands spawned by Tuesday night regulars Slavic Soul Party. With noone rushing to leave into the torrential wind and rain, the band kept playing til well past midnight, intoxicating everyone with their seductive rhythms and elongated solos on trumpet (Ben Syversen), clarinet (Greg Squared) and accordion (Matthew Fass). Who says brass can't keep you warm?
Any other good shows out there in NYC last night? Post in the comments below.
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