Mitra Sumara at Westbeth, 2012

(Photo by Leila Ostovar-Kermani)

Mitra Sumara, the 16-legged band that plays psychedelic, funky Persian pop music of the 1960s and ‘70s, is psyched to announce that we will perform two shows in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Early in the evening, at 6 p.m. sharp, we will play a one-hour set at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage. Yes, that’s right, Mitra Sumara is playing the Kennedy Center. Free admission. For more info, please go here or here.

Then, when we are nice and warmed up, we will report to the Tropicalia club, 2001 14th St. NW, for a 10 p.m. set. We will be pulling out all the stops, playing tunes that might be a little too hairy for the Kennedy Center, and in general, holding nothing back! For more information on the Tropicalia show, please go here.

Mitra Sumara is a New York City-based big band that pays homage to the vibrant pop music of pre-revolutionary Iran.

Active ingredients:

  • Yvette Perez – vocals  (Birdbrain)
  • Julian Maile – guitar (Loser’s Lounge)
  • Sam Kulik– bass (Talbam!, Starring)
  • Peter Zummo – trombone (Arthur Russell, Lounge Lizards)
  • Jim Duffy – keyboards (Jim Duffy Combo, Martin’s Folly, Rods and Cones)
  • Bill Ruyle – tabla & hammer dulcimer (Arthur Russell)
  • Brian Geltner – drums (Nervous Cabaret, Chris Whitley)
  • Michael Evans – drums & congas (Alex Hacke, Carla Bley, David Grubbs, God Is My
Co-Pilot)


Learn more about Mitra Sumara here and here. You’ll be glad you did!

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