First we would like to wish our Ethiopian friends around the world Happy New Year. I can’t believe that another year has passed.

Tezeta Band has had an action packed summer. We have met a lot of great friends along the way and we look forward to a very exciting Fall Season. But first here are a few highlights of Summer 2011.

In July we were rained out of our first Portland Parks and Rec show at McCoy Park. But even torrential record breaking rain could not keep us down. Yonnas and our good friends at Sengatera gave us a dry place to play our music and we even got to have Birthday cake with our own Tezeta Band family member Lucella Prewitt. Sengatera saves the day. We eventually played the show in August and we couldn’t have had nicer weather to do it. Thanks Portland Parks & Rec, let’s do it again next Summer.

Also in July we made our first trip to Bellingham, WA to play with Yogoman Burning Band at the Boundary Bay Brewery.YBB were great hosts to us and the Boundary Bay is an excellent venue. If you have a chance check out YBB before they go on hiatus. Still one of the best bands out there. If you need any proof buy their CD.

We also played a couple of slammin’ parties and events. Aiyana was gracious enough to let 7 strangers make a bunch of racket in her back yard for her birthday and Benno & Vanessa showed us how weddings should be done. It was great playing for you all. We had a blast.

Finally we ended our summer at The Voodoo Room in Astoria. It was our bassist John Teagle’s return to his old stomping grounds. We got some local press at the Daily Astorian and radio at KMUN. It all turned into a good show and we definitely will be back again.

Next up a little of what is ahead for the next couple of months.

On Saturday October 15th Tezeta Band (formerly Five Fingers of Funk) plays with Toque Libre (formerly Rubberneck) and guest DJ Lord Smithingham. Back in the day this line-up would have been the baddest thing you ever could have walked into and guess what…It still is!

Toque Libre is a group consisting of Ricardo and Pablo Ojeda (of Rubberneck fame) with guitarist Madhi Farjami. This trio combines talents to bring infectious Flamenco Rumba rhythms and hypnotic pulses from the afro-cuban genre that will make you want to burn up the dance floor.

We have also employed the talents of one of our favorite local DJs Lord Smithingham, who will be spinning some of the finest Jazz, Funk and Soul throughout the night.

The last time we played The Woods it sold out early, so get your tickets in advance at . It will be a night to remember.

Where:The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie Ave PDX
When: Saturday October 15th 9:30 PM – 1:30 AM
Cost: $8 in Advance / $10 Day of the Show


Till Next Time,


Tezeta Band