Tezeta Band

Ethiopian Dance Music

Tezeta Band Summer 2016 Schedule

Here are a few events and shows that Tezeta Band will be playing this summer. Now that we have finally released “The Origins of Night Life”, we are busy working up a fresh batch of songs for the next LP and hitting the stage to share them.  Check our Facebook page for any additional band news.

June 25th at The Secret Society with Brownish Black 9 PM

July 19th Twilight Tuesday at the Oregon Zoo (All Ages) 5-8 PM

August 18th Concerts in the Park at Couch Park 6:30 PM

Tezeta Band at the Secret Society 2/20/15

Tezeta Band will be playing a triple bill of ska, soul and Ethio-funk at The Secret Society Ballroom on Saturday, February 20th with The Sentiments and The Inciters. Doors open at 8:30 and Tezeta Band hits the stage at 9:00. Don’t miss this high energy show.

Origins of Nightlife CD Release Party at JImmy Maks 1/23/15

This is it! The CD will be out and Tezeta Band is celebrating the release of “The Origin of Night Life” at Portland’s top Jazz club, Jimmy Mak’s. Joining Tezeta band will be the big sound of The BrassRoots Movement and special DJ sets by KMHD Jazz Radio’s DJ Derek Smith. Doors and dinner starts at 8PM $12. You can get reserved tickets 503-295-6542


New single and Happy New Year!

Tezeta band is celebrating the Ethiopian New Year with a sneak preview of our upcoming album “The Origin of Nightlife”. Have a listen to our first song off the top “Gizie Degu Neger”, and don’t forget to mark your calendars for Thursday October 8th when Tezeta Band plays the Goodfoot Lounge and Pub.

Happy New Year Ethiopia!!


We have an album!!!

After a summer of mixing, editing and working things out in our home base at Lucknow Studios, we finally have a master of our first full length LP entitled “The Origin of Nightlife“. Look for prime cuts to be opened up on our soundcloud page soon:


We look forward to sharing this with everyone!

Until then mark your calendars for our upcoming show at the Goodfoot Lounge on October 8th.

See you soon!

Tezeta Band

We’re playing Jimmy Mak’s

We have a BIG show in October at Portland’s Jazz epicenter, Jimmy Mak’s.  It will be a full evening of Tezeta Band music with Special Guest DJ Derek Smith from KMHD’s Morning session.  Tell everyone. This is the show of the year.

Who: Tezeta Band with special guest DJ Derek Smith from KMHD

Where: Jimmy Mak’s 221 NW 10th Ave

When:Saturday October 19th 8PM -12AM

Cover: $10

Call 503-295-6542 for table reservations…until we move all the tables out of the way and cut loose on the dance floor.



Tezeta Band’s New Fall Season

Welcome again friends!

Summer has now come to a close and what a summer it has been for the Tezeta Band crew.  Although out calendar doesn’t show it we have been a busy bunch of fellas.  A few highlights:

-The summer started off with a show opening for Legendary Malian Musician Vieux Farke Toure.  Mississippi Studios and Portland showed Viuex well deserved love on a hot night. A good recap can be found at SSG music here.

– We had a Banging time with the Reed College Alums.  Good to go back to a familiar place and end the night with fireworks.

-We played two amazing weddings for Ryan & Mackenzie and Isaac & Sophie.  Both were incredible experiences as we made friends, and communed with Mother Nature.  The after party in both cases exceeded expectation.

The Glendi Greek Festival was another fine time under the stars at St John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church.  Our stomachs are still grumbling at the thought of Souvlaki, Baklava Sundae, Falafel, Bougatsa…and the list goes on.  We appreciate the warmth of the Greek/Ethiopian community and hope to make this an annual event.

-We finished our full evening long series of Ethio-Soul Sessions at The Secret Society.  We will now play a more abbreviated set on Second Thursdays at SS under the Soulshake moniker.  Our first Shaking of the Soul happens Thursday, September 12th with opening act, The Keplars. $7.

-In August it we connected with Prints for Prints for their exhibition at The Secret Society.  You can click on their link to check out the fantastic work that they do in preserving and documenting Ethiopia and it’s people.  Donate to a good cause and get a piece of art.

So what is ahead aside from falling leaves, back to school and the inevitable changing of the weather. Well, we have a full September and October to reap the harvest of our spectacular summer. Here are the highlights with links


Saturday, September 7th

Where: Goodfoot Lounge 9:30 PM


Thursday September 12th

Soulshake Thursdays with opening act, The Keplers

Secret Society Ballroom 9:30


Saturday September 28th

Pacific NW Brew Cup Astoria, OR : TBA


Saturday, October 19th

Tezeta Band w/KMHD’s  DJ Derek Smith

Jimmy Mak’s 9:30


Thanks all. and don’t forget to check us out on Facebook & Twitter





Glendi Greek Fest


This Friday July 19th, join us for the Glendi Greek Festival, a celebration of ethnic cultures from around the world (Greek, Middle Eastern and Ethiopian). The festival is held at St John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Beaverton. Tezeta Band is honored to be one of the featured performers at this year’s festival.  This is a family event with music, culture, games and  of course food. Fun will be had by all. Admission Free!

For more information check out www.glendigreekfestival.com.  St John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church is in Beaverton off of Walker Road across from the Nike Campus.

When: Friday July 19th 7:30PM-9:00

Where: St John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church

14485 SW Walker Road Beaverton OR 97006

Admission:Free,  Bring  the whole family!