No April Fools joke: these are the three of the best and most fun live bands we have recently discovered!
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When Bella’s Bartok played a WMNF show in January for their first show in Florida, it was a collective discovery of a fabulous live band – so great that we have invited them back so more people can get turned on to them.
When the Balkan-inspired, circusy sound of Bella’s Bartok hits your ears, you are no longer in control. You are out of your seat and you’re bouncing up and down, and soon your arms are flailing and you’re smiling and screaming. Your bad day, your cold, your fatigue have all vanished, and it’s not even the end of the first song.
Bella’s Bartok makes everyone dance, regardless. The band’s energy makes getting up and moving irresistible. Bella’s Bartok are six music-making extra-ordinaries from Northampton, MA. They dare you to come see them and try to stay in your chair. Don’t take our word for it. here is what other people are saying:
“A folk collective with perfect pop sensibilities combined with a Klezmer influence, this is basically about as much fun as you can have with your pants on.” – Dan Wolovick, Two Way Monologues
“Their goal is to spread the electrifyingly good time they’re having on stage out into the audience, until every last person is out of breath…in a good way.” – Berkshire Living
“Seriously, this is a band worth seeing. A charming melodic noise party with just the right amount of sinister. Travel if you must.” – Music Inkoporated
“Perfect for Tim Burton’s next ghoulish movie. With some yo-ho-ho and shout-along songs, the seven-piece band will wake up any jaded dozers.” – GazetteNet.com
“Bella’s Bartok is a strange mix of a band, and with their absurdity lies their charm. Varied percussion, bright pianos, scratchy guitars, scattered horn sections, and group harmonies give their dancey tunes a distinct bohemian vibe, and their raw sound gives them something of a punk edge. ” – The Deli Magazine
Kafkasso Daryal Kafkasso Erdem was born and raised in Istanbul, the ancient capital of Turkey. This great city, soaked in centuries of history and tradition, influenced his musical style and personality. Echoing in Kafkasso’s original pieces are the chants from the minarets over the mystical city, or lively conversation at the colorful bazaar.
Kafkasso came to Florida in 2009 to teach guitar at Musicology, Tampa Bay’s finest music school and started to assemble an ensemble that usually includes violin, exotic percussion and dancers. The center of the band’s success is Kafkasso’s unique guitar-playing style, combining rock, Flamenco, gypsy and Turkish melodies together in one completely captivating audial experience.
Help Police . Bringing the heps and jah to ya. With the dissolution of UNRB and Johnny Cakes, Help Police has stepped up as the new band for Tampa ska/punk fans. Formed by several Tampa Ska Scene vets.