August 25, 2014 , BY Kathryn Kopchik

Slavic Soul Party, a brass band from New York City, will kick-off the Weis Center's new 2014-15 Series on Friday, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m. outside on the Weis Center Plaza. The family-friendly performance at Bucknell University is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

The rain location is the Weis Center Lobby. A rain call will be made on Thursday, Sept. 4.

The event is sponsored, in part, by PPL Corporation and its affiliates.

Slavic Soul Party (SSP) is just what it says: fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops.

These nine musicians have created an acoustic mash-up of Balkan and Gypsy sounds with North American music, weaving gospel, funk, dub, jazz, and Latin influences of New York's neighborhoods seamlessly into a Balkan brass setting and always "delivering a great time" according to the New York Times.

In addition to playing nearly 100 times a year in North America, Europe and Africa, SSP holds residency every Tuesday in Brooklyn which has become a destination for music fans from around the world. They are affectionately called NYC's official #1 brass band for BalkanSoul GypsyFunk.

Complimentary drinks and cool treats will be provided. Light fare may be purchased from the Flying Bison food truck, which will be parked on-site. Patrons are welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket to the performance. 

For more information about this free performance, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

The next performance in the Weis Center's 2014-15 Series is a free blues performance by Guy Davis Trio on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center's Lobby with a free pre-performance talk from 6:45-7:15 p.m. Davis will perform with Mark Murphy on bass and Professor Louie on keyboards and accordion. The Sept. 10 performance is free and open to the public.

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or www.facebook.com/WeisCenter

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