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Flushing Town Hall's Global Mashup #4: Balkans Meets El Barrio

Flushing Town Hall Brings Two Cultures to One Stage with Global Mashups #4: Balkans meets El Barrio on June 1. Raya Brass Band brings Balkan grooves to Flushing, while Spanglish Fly returns with Latin boogaloo, representing El Barrio.Flushing Town Hall Brings Two Cultures to One Stage with Global Mashups #4: Balkans meets El Barrio on June 1. Raya Brass Band brings Balkan grooves to Flushing, while Spanglish Fly returns with Latin boogaloo, representing El Barrio.On Friday, June 1, Flushing Town Hall continues its popular Global Mashups series with Global Mashups #4: Balkans meets El Barrio, featuring Raya Brass Band and the return of Spanglish Fly.

Representing the Balkans is Raya Brass Band, a Brooklyn-based group that has energized clubs, international festivals, rooftop parties, and subway cars with its hard-driving, original brass band music since 2008. The six members of the band create a sound informed by their love for the fierce and seductive music of the Balkans and by New Orleans brass bands, punk rock, and global music. Featuring trumpet, sax, accordion, tuba, and percussion, this band wails, sweats, and shouts alongside its audience.

The New York Times rave says, “this Brooklyn collective gleefully upends traditional wedding music of the Balkans and Greece, undercutting regional reeds and brass with decidedly American funk pulse.”

Returning to Flushing for its second Global Mashups show this season is Spanglish Fly, called “part band, part celebration.” The 12 members of the group ignite a party and it quickly spreads to the audience. Boogaloo is a mix of Latin soul and R&B that emerged from the clubs, street corners, transistor radios and pool halls of 1960s El Barrio, or Spanish Harlem. Spanglish Fly plays irresistible grooves that blend Afro-Caribbean rhythms with the fervor, feeling, and harmonics of 60s soul, paying tribute to the boogaloo genre while refreshing it for a new generation.

At each of the five Global Mashup events, audiences experience musical performances from two different regions, and then the artists come together for a distinctive third set. Before the start of each performance, audience members participate in dance lessons (at 7 PM) and are encouraged to jump onto the dance floor again during the performances!

The season’s final show in the series of five is Texas meets Peru on June 15.

Tickets to all shows are $16, and $10 for members and students. Discounts are available when purchasing tickets to multiple Global Mashup performances. For more info, visit www.flushingtownhall.org/globalmashup or call 718-463-7700 x222.

This season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for FREE. Under the new “Teen Access Program”, all 13- to 19-year-old boys and girls (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free. Flushing Town Hall is located a short distance from the 7 train - at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing. Access for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility is available.

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