As the son of musicians and educators in his native Bulgaria, Milen Kirov became a prodigy on piano and would follow in his parents’ footsteps as a well-respected composer and college professor. Little did they know he would lead a double life as leader of what may be the best Bulgarian party jam band in Los Angeles. Kirov’s Orkestar MÉZÉ mashes traditional eastern-European folk rhythms with funk groove and Tower-of-Power-esque horns. You’ll want to dance but don’t trip over the extra beats in every bar. This show features singer Ellis Hall, the Ray Charles disciple and self-proclaimed “Ambassador of Soul” who negotiated musical treaties with Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle and George Benson among others.
Sat., Feb. 7, 10 p.m., 2015
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