You don’t have to head to Eastern Europe to take a musical trip to the Balkans. Brooklyn’s own Slavic Soul Party!, a 10-piece brass band combines traditional gypsy music with New Orleans jazz and Macedonian funk (we’re not sure what that last one sounds like, so we’ll have to take their word for it). And sprinkled on top is a blend of seriously New York sounds — klezmer, gospel, techno, funk, dub, jazz and Latin music. Just back from a West Coast tour, you can catch them this and every Tuesday night at Barbés (376 9th St. in Park Slope, Brooklyn; 347-422-0248). The band’s ties to the club go deep — they’ve been holding down their residency since 2004, and plan on keeping it “For ever!” Not only that, their latest album, Taketron, is out on the club’s house label, Barbés Recrods.
Help the band celebrates the release Taketron tonight at Southpaw (125 Fifth Ave. in Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-230-0236), before they head to Europe for shows in Germany, France, Serbia, and Holland. For more on SSP!, check out their interview with the Village Voice, or scope out their Serbian tour documentary, ‘IN IT not On It.’