The Underscore Orkestra
The Underscore Orkestra plays a blend of Balkan, Klezmer, Gypsy Jazz
and Swing music both Original and Traditional. They often incorporate live Belly Dance in their shows. Their Performance evokes the old world and the new, The eerily haunting air of sounds and movements from the east, with definite roots inthe west. Influences are far and wide but range from New Orleans Jazz, to Eastern European Roma and Klezmorim music, Manouche Swing, to acoustic Metal. Guaranteed to get you up and moving!!!
They are based out of Portland Oregon and have been touring the US, Canada, Europe and Central America, Australia and New Zealand for the past 7 years.
The Underscore Orkestra has taken many forms over the years and has traveled far and wide in many ways. Including vegetable oil powered tour bus, planes, trains, boats, autos, hitch hiking and their favorite way is by bicycle which they have done numerous times in Europe. They are touring in Australia and New Zealand and the U.S. this year as well.
You can see them in many venues, from large out door festivals to wild and crazy basement house shows, from intimate coffee shops to raucous pubs, from small black box theaters to art center auditoriums and from the streets busking to fancy wedding and your living room floor :) as they often need a place to stay when traveling and touring in far away places.
Keep an eye out for them as they may be in a place near you. And if you want to see them play live, give an email or a call, we might be able to come to you. We will travel just about anywhere to play music.
Their live shows are something to remember for years to come, they are fond of selling many wares, including Underscore Underwear, Uncle Jerry's Magically Malicious Mustache Wax, CD's, Neck Ties, Nude Calendars, Music boxes, and Stand up tub Bass's. Come to a live show or give an email to see what we've got in store.
“You know a band is good when at the end of their sound check the audience starts clapping”New Paltz Cultural Collective
The band's Eastern European sound is sort of a mix between Gypsy rock big guns DeVotchKa and Gogol Bordello. They've got the very ethnic sound of the former, and though they play fast, it's not at the manic punk level of the latter. The phrase "foot-stompin'" also is apt, as their original and traditional pieces have a way of making people move.Reno Retro Mix
"Best Local Album" KBOO Radio "Amazing!!!"VPR