Orkestar Bez Ime


Welcoming Matt back!

After some time away from music, we are thrilled that our once-bassist, Matt Miller, has come back as our once-again-bassist! Matt originally joined OBI in 2009, then stepped away a few years later to develop his massage practice. He kindly subbed for Liz from time-to-time in the off-years and recently[…]

Wishing Liz well on her musical adventures

Liz Draper playing upright bass at the Schooner Tavern

Since 2018, OBI has had the distinct pleasure to work with one of the Twin Cities’ most in-demand bass players, Liz Draper. She’s so in-demand, in fact, that her musical adventures are now taking her all over the world, with touring under her belt for the likes of Charlie Parr,[…]

OBI Series at Schooner Canceled

Hey, OBI friends and fans. For various reasons, OBI has decided to cancel what would have been our post-pandemic return series at the Schooner Tavern in Minneapolis. This past year has seen a lot of changes in our world, and we continue to adjust accordingly, even if it means making[…]

Saying Hello to Liz

OBI is proud to announce our newest member of the band: please welcome bassist Liz Draper! [cue applause] We’ve already had a chance to perform with her at Tapestry Folkdance Center in November. and she was awesome. We’re now very excited to have her join our ensemble. A bit about[…]

Saying Goodbye to Matt

By now many of our hardcore fans have heard that our bassist, Matt Miller, has decided to take a break and will be leaving OBI at the end of the year. We’re sad to see him go, but we wish him all the very best as he begins a new chapter. We[…]

Last 3rd Thursday at Black Dog

We’ve had quite a ride these last 6+ years curating the 3rd Thursday Balkan Party Night at the Black Dog Cafe in Lowertown St. Paul, and it’s been fun to bring our music to new audiences every month through this series. Though OBI still has a healthy plate of upcoming[…]

Colleen is Back!

Last fall, our awesome fiddle player, Colleen, started a grand adventure, thanks to a Fullbright Grant that allowed her to do a year’s worth of field study in Romania of Transylvanian string players. She kept up a blog of her own with thoughts on music and identity (check it out[…]

Welcoming Our Newest Member

Some of you have been waiting quite a while to hear this news: After several months of playing with our friend, Eric Ray, we’re proud to announce that he has officially joined Orkestar Bez Ime’s ranks as our accordionist! Eric has a long history with OBI that goes back to[…]

Changes in OBI

After over a decade of participation within Orkestar Bez Ime, we announce that Dee Langley is leaving to pursue other endeavors. We wish her well as she begins this new chapter in her musical life.

Welcome to the New Rogaria!

You may have heard us say it—and we’ve certainly heard you agree!—but boy, was it time for a new website. We’re very excited to unleash our brand new design, courtesy of Renaissance Jane (conveniently, Natalie’s design company) and the development team behind Net Acceleration. You’ll find all sorts of new[…]