VaNa MaZi brings Eastern European-inspired folk rock to Santa Cruz

July 24, 2013

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Folks walking down Pacific Avenue yesterday were treated to the sounds of Austin-based VaNa MaZi, who will be playing at the Poet and the Patriot Thursday night.

The band has a unique Eastern European-inspired sound, sort of like gypsy folk, complete with a tuba and an accordion. As the daughter of an accordion player, I admittedly have an inherent bias toward any band featuring the instrument.

The members describe their sound as “fusing┬átogether the music of Greece, Italy, Central Asia, and the Balkans with Gypsy Jazz, Turkish beats, and a pinch of their own American heritage,” with inspirations gathered from their own travels.

They had quite the gathering of listeners yesterday afternoon and put on a great impromptu show. Their set tomorrow promises good things.

They’re also working hard – after playing on the streets of Santa Cruz yesterday, they had a gig booked in Oakland in the evening and were headed to Los Angeles for a show tonight. Give ‘em some support and check ‘em out tomorrow before they head back to the Bay Area for another pair of shows in SF and Oakland.

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