The "pan-cultural ensemble" Eastern Blok (pictured) is returning to St. Louis to play a free concert at 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 28 in the Saint Louis Art Museum's Grigg Gallery. The performance is part of the Museum’s "Art After 5" series, which features free concerts from solo and ensemble musicians on the fourth Friday of each month.
Based in Chicago, Eastern Blok "blends classical and jazz music with the rich folkloric traditions of Macedonia, Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia." The group, which last performed in St. Louis in November 2007 at Pop's Blue Moon, includes guitarist Goran Ivanovic, saxophonist and flute player Doug Rosenberg, bassist Matthew Ulery and drummer Michael Caskey. Ivanovic also has played here before as a solo act, at the now-closed Finale Music and Dining in Clayton. You can see and hear Eastern Blok performing a song called "Gates to the Unknown" in the embedded video window below.
For more information about the "Art After 5" series or the Saint Louis Art Museum, call 314-721-0072 or visit www.slam.org.