#OBI3rd Thursdays_A Tribute to Esma

We're on the other side of the brutal cold, people. Let's celebrate the little things with some Balkan party music! Join us at our new monthly digs, where there's lots of space to dance and listen (and park!) while enjoying drink specials, a curated wine list, and Heggie's pizza. The Schooner's website lists this as a 7:30 series start, but OBI goes on closer to 8pm. Free!

Wed 8:00 PM CDTSchooner TavernMinneapolis, MN

If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, you can get them at the door starting at 5pm today. Music starts at 6, and it will BLOW YOUR MIND. See you there!

Sat 6:00 PM CSTAmsterdam Bar and HallSaint Paul, MN
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Join Orkestar Bez Ime at our new monthly hangout: The Schooner Tavern in South Minneapolis! Our 3rd Wednesday series features Balkan party music all night, with plenty of space for dancing. Plus, you can enjoy drink specials and Heggie's pizza during your breaks. 21+, no cover. Lots of free parking nearby. Please note that Schooner's website lists this series as starting at 7:30pm, though OBI's first set will start closer to 8pm.

Wed 8:00 PM CSTSchooner TavernMinneapolis, MN

Celebrate spring Bulgarian-style with a dance party, featuring live music on two stages by Mila Vocal Ensemble, Nomadi, Orkestar Bez Ime, and Traki, co-hosted by the Bulgarian School of Minnesota. New this year: Make your own martenitsi! Kid-friendly until 10pm. Tickets available here:…

About this year's Martenitsa:
"Bulgarian Bacchanalia at the Amsterdam"


Orkestar Bez Ime (OBI), Mila Vocal Ensemble, Traki and Nomadi proudly present Martenitsa, an annual Balkan celebration of spring—now at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall in St. Paul. What started as a small underground gathering of Balkan music-obsessed fans and the local Bulgarian community has grown into a massive Balkan dance party! Each group will perform both individually and collaboratively to celebrate not only Martenitsa but also Bulgarian Independence Day.

Martenitsa is a musical celebration of the coming of spring and the holiday of Baba Marta (baba meaning “grandma,” and Marta a derivative of the word for “March”) Traditional folklore depicts Baba Marta as a temperamental old woman whose moods are as changeable as March weather. On March 1st, it is customary to exchange and wear Martenitsi—tokens of good health, luck and vitality. Wearing the red and white yarns of the Martenitsa symbolizes the hope that Baba Marta will smile and grant us an early spring. As we Minnesotans know, the end of winter can never come soon enough.

What: Martenitsa Bulgarian spring celebration with music by Orkestar Bez Ime (OBI), Mila Vocal Ensemble, Traki, and Nomadi
When: Saturday, March 3rd, 2018, 6 – 10 p.m.
Where: Amsterdam Bar and Hall, 6 West 6th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102
Tickets: $15 at the door or $12 in advance $5 kids 12 and under (612) 285-3112;


Заповядайте да отбележим 1-ви и 3-ти март с танци и жива музика на две сцени с участието на „Мила“, „Номади“, „Оркестър без име“ и „Траки“.

НОВО! За децата сме подготвили правене на мартеници и специално меню.

Билети може да закупите директно от сайта на бар „Амстердам“.

Традиционният концерт „Мартеница“ започва преди години като малко събиране на любители на балканската музика и българската общност и вече е прераснал в огромно Балканско парти.

Всички музиканти ще се представят с индивидулни и общи изпълнения.

Концерт „Мартеница“ е музикалното посрещане на пролетта и празника на Баба Марта и тази година ще го съчетаем и с националния празник на България 3-ти март.

Какво: Концерт „Мартеница“
Кога: 3-ти март, събота, 6 – 10 p.m.
Къде: Amsterdam Bar and Hall, 6 West 6th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102
Билети: $15 на входа или $12 предварително, $5 за деца под 12г.
За контакт и билети (612) 285-3112,

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Sat 6:00 PM CSTAmsterdam Bar and HallSaint Paul, MN
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Orkestar Bez Ime (OBI) is back at Schooner Tavern, as we begin our monthly series every 3rd Wednesday of the month at our new haut. We are excited to kick this off with our new bassist, Liz Draper. This is going to be a good one, folks! Come on down, grab a drink- plenty of specials including Colorado Bulldogs for $3.75 as well as craft beer of the month for $4.00/pint plus great wines selected by Wendy. Ask Gertie or Janel to supply you with your favorite libations! Continue... the new year kickoff and keep yourself warm by dancing with our Balkan Party Music! See you soon! (+21)

Heggie's pizza is available however, BYOF or order in if you wish.

*** Snow Emergency is over so parking is good***

Note: Schooner Tavern website lists start time as 7:30pm. OBI will be starting closer to 8pm.

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Wed 8:00 PM CSTSchooner TavernMinneapolis, MN
Music · 115 people

OBI is proud to announce our newest member of the band - Please welcome, Bassist Liz Draper!
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We've already had a chance to perform with her at a Tapestry show in November and she was awesome. We're now very excited to have her join our ensemble.


A bit about our newest member: Liz Draper received a Bachelors of Music in Double Bass Performance from the University of Minnesota in 2004. It was there that she studied under St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's Chris Brown and Minnesota Orchestra's Peter Lloyd and James Clute. Her classical endeavors have found her performing both as a featured soloist and as an active section member in a number of orchestras and chamber ensembles. Liz has been a professional gigging jazz bassist since age 16. Her improvising has led her to The School For Improvised Music in Brooklyn, New York. Liz has performed and recorded with such groups as the Grammy Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, Soul Asylum, Charlie Parr, The Cactus Blossoms, Black Blondie, The Rose Ensemble, Ben Weaver, Wild Goose Chase Cloggers, and Dakota Dave Hull just to name a few. Liz has also taught privately since 1998.

With such a great range of experience, we're totally looking forward to working with Liz on our future shows and projects.

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Orkestar Bez Ime updated their cover photo.
January 7
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Friends of OBI, and especially of our fiddle player, Colleen: Tonight is a very special performance made possible by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. We hope you'll join us at St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church (Mpls) at 5pm to hear the premier of new arrangements of enchanting Romanian carols by Colleen Bertsch. Performances by OBI, Chorus Ciprian Porumbescu, and Romanian community members, plus new compositions for toacă by percussionist Peter O'Gorman. Free and family-friendly, $10 suggested donation.

Sat 5:00 PM CSTSt Mary's Greek Orthodox ChurchMinneapolis, MN
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Tonight, OBI rehearsed with Minnesota's Romanian community choir, Chorus Ciprian Porumbescu, in preparation for recording next week and then performing together for the Romanian Colinde (Carols) Concert on Dec. 16th. All carols have been arranged and orchestrated by our fiddler Colleen Bertsch, who won an Artist's Initiative Grant last year to produce this project. We are very proud of the work so far and we can't wait to present it. The event page can be found in the comments.

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Join us for an hour of Romanian music, hosted by HORA, during the ASI's open house. Enjoy great music by yours truly, hands-on crafts, bonfires, and free admission to the museum! More info is at…/…/neighborhood-open-house

Wed 6:00 PM CSTAmerican Swedish InstituteMinneapolis, MN
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It's OBI at a new venue - The Schooner Tavern in Minneapolis! We know it's been awhile since we've done an indoor show in the Cities, so now's your chance to catch us and get your Balkan music fix. Also, we've just announced that our bass player Matt Miller will be leaving the group at the end of the year, so this will be one of your last chances to see him as an OBI member.

Come on down and join us for Balkan Party Music, dancing, drinks and laughter!

Heads up: The Schooner website calendar appears to list this show as 10/26. We are definitely still playing Wednesday 10/25 as part of their Wednesday series. We'll see you there!

Wed 8:00 PM CDTSchooner TavernMinneapolis, MN

For those of you OBI fans who haven't heard yet, our bassist Matt Miller has decided to take a break and will be leaving the band at the end of the year. We are quite sad to see him go, but we wish him all the very best in his future endeavors.

We have some gigs between now and the end of the year, so you'll have a few chances to catch Matt before he makes his exit. He'll be featured prominently during our next gig, which is at the Schooner Tavern in Minneapolis on Wednesday OCTOBER 25TH at 8pm. He'll also be participating with OBI for the Romanian Collinde Project related performances in December. Stay tuned for more details on all the gigs. In the meantime, here's a big hearty thanks from Orkestar Bez Ime to Matt for all his amazing bass-ness.

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Orkestar Bez Ime (OBI) once again is proud to participate in this year's 9 Nights of Music series at the MN History Center. Come and enjoy Balkan Party Music in this great outdoor venue. FREE and open to the public!

9 Nights of Music is offered every Tuesday in July and August. Tapestry Folkdance Center provides dance instruction starting at 6:30 pm. Live music starts at 7 pm. Bring a lawn chair and purchase food from the Market House terrace grill. Come early and take advantage of free admission to the museum galleries from 3 to 8 pm.

9 Nights of Music is presented by Xcel Energy with additional support provided by Tapestry Folkdance Center. For more information:…/nine-nights-of-music

Tue 6:30 PM CDTMinnesota History CenterSaint Paul, MN
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Orkestar Bez Ime (OBI) brings Balkan Party Music to everyone's favorite outdoor lunchtime concert series on Northrop Plaza (near the U of MN campus). FREE and open to the public!

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Wed 12:00 PM CDTNorthropMinneapolis, MN

OBI is proud to introduce our latest video, taken in 2014 at Celtic Junction in St. Paul. It's been a long time since we've posted our live work, and we think this one turned out really well. We want to thank Todd Wardrope for his video work and Reid Kruger for sound engineering. This song is a widely known as the Roma Anthem, and the audio recording can be found on our "Unveiled - Live at Celtic Junction" EP on Bandcamp.

Orkestar Bez Ime (OBI) performing "Djelem djelem" at the Celtic Junction. March 29, 2014. From "Unveiled: Live at the Celtic Junction" EP. Available as downl...

All (or most) good things must come to an end. This show will mark the end of OBI's 3RD THURSDAY series at the Black Dog. We've enjoyed a great 6+ years with the BD and now we look to future. But before we do, we invite you all to celebrate with us, and share in the dancing, food, drink and Balkan Party Music. If you haven't seen us at the Black Dog for awhile, this is your chance to do so. FREE and family-friendly.

Many thanks to the Black Dog Cafe for all their years of support.

Thu 7:30 PM CDTBlack Dog CafeSaint Paul, MN
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