Tomer Yosef of the band Balkan Beat Box performs at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC on Friday, June 15, 2012.
Balkan Beat Box, lead by front man Tomer Yosef, drummer Tamir Muskat, and saxophonist Ori Kaplan, brought their fused sound of dancehall, balkan, mediterranien, and hip hop music to the 9:30 Club on Friday, June 15. The group has made it some what of a tradition to make the 9:30 Club one of their tour stops whenever they are touring the United States. Their current tour is in support of their new album GIVE, which was released on March 6th here in the states.
The 9:30 Club was packed from top to bottom for what I can only describe as one big dance party. Many of the concert goers I talked with had seen the group perform in the past and were ready to dance to the groups uptempo, rhythmic, and melodic sound. One couple I talked with had just seen the group perform in Israel.
When the group performs, you can really hear all of the different genres of music layered on top of one another. The saxophone representing the balkans, the bass representing dancehall, and the voice of Tomer Yosef representing hip hop, are just a few of the many layers that could be heard throughout the night.
From the first note to the last, the group did not disappoint a crowd that came to dance to one of their favorite bands.
Enough, enjoy the photos.