A password will be e-mailed to you.

By Andy DelGiudice

DC’s supergroup of brass, rhythm, and southern twang launch their self-titled debut album to a celebratory Rock & Roll Hotel crowd with the assistance of Balti Mare (hailing from, well, Baltimore) and Jonny Grave.

The backgrounds of the members that make up Black Masala is as diverse in make up and inspiration as their collective stage show. By effortlessly blending Eastern European brass with the frenetic drive of New Orleans street jazz, Black Masala endlessly challenges its live audience to keep up with its musical diversions and explorations.

BlackMasala 14

I first heard Black Masala sometime last summer on H Street. My cohorts and I were on our way to some other pre-arranged engagement of what now seems like trivial importance when we heard Black Masala blaring out of the crowded confines of The Cusbah. Other plans were immediately cancelled and my new adage proved true: when you hear New Orleans funk, you go to it.

BlackMasala 20

To follow Black Masala’s trajectory from a few working musicians collaborating on a fun side project to full time studio album has been both a nod to their collective drive and DC’s diverse and willing live music audience.

Jonny Grave

JGrave_1

Balti Mare

BaltiMare 2BaltiMare 3BaltiMare 4BaltiMare 5

Black Masala

BlackMasala 1BlackMasala 2BlackMasala 3BlackMasala 4BlackMasala 6BlackMasala 9BlackMasala 10BlackMasala 12BlackMasala 13BlackMasala 15BlackMasala 16BlackMasala 17BlackMasala 18BlackMasala 19BlackMasala 11

X
X