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!

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year, but here we are a year from our first gig and we’re still at it. We are so thrilled to be a part of Balkan Night Northwest this year along with so many other fabulous bands.  Come down on Saturday afternoon, the fun starts at 3pm with Kukeri and babouyeri fertility dances, and the music will run late into the night on two stages. The m9 plays on teh main floor at 10:15 Saturday night. Special props to our friends in the Bucharest Drinking Team, Dromeno, Eurodanceparty U$A, Orkestar Zirkonium and Sazerac Orchestra for bringing all their energy to this amazing festival. Tickets are available online and at the event. We hope to see you there!

Join us this evening, January 24th, for an all ages, jam-packed extravaganza of Balkan Brass and more. Bucharest Drinking Team begins the night with a bang, followed by The m9, and local Greek legends Dromeno. Long-time favorites Orkestar Zirkonium and the up-and-coming Eurodanceparty USA round out the evening with high energy dance, pop, folk, and everything in between. Doors are at 830, music at 9. We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a delectable appetizer to the main course, Balkan Night Northwest 2015 (Feb, 21-22).  For more information, click here.

It’s been almost a year since The m9 gathered in a darkened distillery to sight-read a few charts and see if we could make them speak. Now, after a long Summer hiatus, we are ready to launch into our second year as a band. Several of our members travelled abroad during our little break and we are now beginning to work on new material for all of you. Help us kick off our new season this coming Friday the 19th of September at the Russian Community Center as we play for the Seattle Balkan Dancers at 830pm. Please help support the Seattle Balkan Dancers and The m9 with a suggested donation of $10 at the door. There will also be a dance class offered from 7 to 7:30 and $15 gets you the show and the workshop.

We’ll see you there!

Tonight at 7pm, The m9 will kick-off HONK! Fest West 2014 with our unique mix of Balkan Romani Brass and other world influences. Tickets are $8adv/$10 door and proceeds support the bands travelling from other parts of the country. If you can’t make it tonight, come to one of our other Honk! Fest West performances: on Friday Night in Georgetown, or on Saturday at Gasworks. Regrettably, we’ve had to cancel our Sunday appearance. See you at HONK!

The m9 is pleased to have had the opportunity to perform at a benefit show at the Sarajevo Lounge in Seattle. Together with Orkestar RTW, Balkanarama, Dromeno and the Bucharest Drinking Team, the organizers raised $1,674! More benefits are planned going forward. Spread the word about this situation and about the benefits to your friends and family, please.

Folks, we are hearing more and more about the terribly flooding which has gripped large parts of Bosnia and Serbia this spring.  The worst flooding on record is devastating some of the poorest regions of some of the poorest countries in Europe. Please consider donating whatever you can spare to help the victims of this catastrophe. The m9 is pleased to have the opportunity to perform at a benefit show this Sunday night after Folklife at the Sarajevo Lounge in Seattle. We are asking for $10 or whatever you can spare at the door, with the money being split between organizations directly helping in Bosnia and Serbia. Also on the bill will be Orkestar RTW, Balkanarama, Dromeno and the Bucharest Drinking Team. Another benefit at Sarajevo Lounge is scheduled to take place on Saturday with members of Kultur Shock and more benefits are planned going forward. Spread the word about this situation and about the benefits to your friends and family, please.

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This weekend, The m9 is in Vancouver, BC for the annual Ederlezi Brass Festival. The festival features three-time Guca winner, and master trumpeter Demiran Cerimovic as well as Balkan bands from around the northwest.  Featured this year will be Orkestar Zirkonium and the Bucharest Drinking Team, each of Seattle, Washington and each sharing members with The m9. The festival host band is the venerable Orkestar Slivovica. If you have the chance, check us out Friday night at 9 or Saturday night at 8. The doors open at 7 each night, and links to tickets can be found on our events page.   We’re ready to rock Vancouver with our own take on the Balkan brass sound. Ziveli!

We’re hard at work getting ready for the Ederlezi Festival up in Vancouver, BC, but for all our Seattle fans who can’t make the trek, we’ll be at HONK! Fest West in late June. HONK! Fest West is a free community festival of street bands and brass bands seeking to increase the ruckus on the streets of cities like Boston, Austin, and Seattle. We’re pleased to be among this years bands, and we are ready to bring the ruckus! We’ll see you at HONK!

Hey folks, we have this new web-page thing. We were thinking about using frames or flash, but I suppose WordPress will have to do for now.

We should have all our media up in the coming weeks as well as upcoming shows and other neat things. w00t.  Explore the site, and check back regularly for updates! -The m9

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