Using polka as its launching pad, Brave Combo catapults listeners along a journey that makes obscure stops on the global music highway. The French national anthem might segue into a klezmer song and twist into a tango, which could morph into zydeco or cumbia. Celebrating their 25th year (and as many albums), they'd be considered among the very first jam bands if it weren't for their compact, concise delivery.
Comprising five multi-instrumentalists based in Texas, Brave Combo plays live shows that are gleeful romps, masterfully switching tracks like a speeding train. They're also meant to inspire a higher purpose on the dance floor. "I do think the acceptance of polka and other dance rhythms can help bring about world peace," states founder Carl Finch on the band's website. "If the people of the world can start dancing together, they can learn to respect each other's cultures, too."
In a world of customization, this is a one-size-fits-all ensemble that pleases many discerning palates and complements Cleveland's ethnic landscape.
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