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Howdy folks! We here at The m9 are proud to present the first gig of our Third Season this coming Friday night, September 25th at the Royal Room at 8pm. The m9 joins legendary Romanian Rom fiddler Lache Cercel and Roma Swing, as well as Seattle’s The Entertainers for an evening of thrilling Romani-style tunes from across Europe. We’re extremely lucky to appear on this bill, and we hope you’ll come to hear both of these amazing acts, whether or not you stay for The m9 at 10pm.

Lache’s own brand of Romanian swing is at once exciting and eclectic, a hang-on-with-both-hands ride through lightning melodies and dances which will have you on your feet and possibly overturning tables. His virtuosic fiddling is amply supported by the considerable talents of The Roma Swing Ensemble, who provide the unending racetrack for Cercel’s galloping violin.

Brothers Teddy and Vinny of The Entertainers bring their own enormous talent to a host of hits ranging from Django-style jazz to cinema classics. Their delicate, yet wicked guitar work echoes through their generous, and sincere performance. You’ll laugh, cry, and beg for more.

Please join us and bring your friends in need of merriment. The show is free, but donations are heavily encouraged to support all of these very hard-working musicians. Please do come, and give what you can!

Photo Copyright Raymond Van Tassel

Tomorrow night, May 15, The m9 is pleased to provide some up-beat brass tunes for an evening to benefit Voice of Roma, a non-profit organization working on behalf of Roma around the world. Courtesy of the Seattle Balkan Dancers, we’ll be at the Russian Community Center on Capitol Hill with dances starting at 7:30pm and live music starting at 9. The Bucharest Drinking Team plays at 10. For more information go to the event page here. Photo copyright Raymond Van Tassel.

This coming week we’ve got a slew of regal sets for you from Seattle to Vancouver, BC. This Wednesday, May 6, we’ll be at Seattle’s Royal Room with Sazerac Orkestra and Chaotic Noise Marching Corps, come out and see some of Seattle’s most heart-pounding brass groups in an all-ages (before 10pm) venue with food! The following that up, we’ve got the Ederlezi Balkan Brass Festival at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall in East Van on Friday and Saturday May 8th and 9th. The weekend features seven bands and three dance ensembles and Serbian Romani master trumpeter Demiran Ćerimović who will perform with four different brass bands. Traditional Serbian food and drink are sold, and dancing is heavily encouraged. So go grab your crowns and dancing shoes and join us for this suite of royal performances kicking off our spring festival season!

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