Orkestar Bez Ime


Our first new studio album in 10+ years!

Six hands holding a black and white Orkestar Bez Ime CD called 21

OBI audiences have been asking us for many, many years when we’d go back into the studio to record a new album. Well, we spent the better part of 2023 doing just that! Please welcome our newest addition, 21, so named as it was birthed shortly after we celebrated the[…]

Back Catalog Listening Party features Mahala Drive

YouTube screenshot of OBI on Back Catalog Listening Party

We love that there’s a locally brewed way-back-machine YouTube series that takes a deep dive into artists’ older albums: Back Catalog Listening Party (BCLP), hosted by Anthony Ihrig and Mother Banjo, was born of the pandemic-era need to stay connected with artists and support their work during lockdown when no one could[…]

OBI turns old enough to drink

It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating our band’s Sweet 16, and already we’re here—about to celebrate the big 21! (We’ve never been ones to celebrate on the fives.) We’ve been doing a ton of work behind the scenes to pull off what promises to be an excellent birthday[…]

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,[…]

We’re back, and we’re helping

With the exception of a couple of summertime gigs last year, OBI has largely been on hiatus due to the pandemic and concerns for our immunocompromised members. However, as COVID becomes a more regular part of our collective lives and we learn to live in this new normal, we’re slowly[…]

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Season's Greetings from Orkestar Bez Ime

Many of you have been asking about when OBI will be back to live shows. Though our answer will be primarily determined by the state of the pandemic, we wanted to—in the meantime—share with you a collection of videos in December and January from our 2019 holiday show at the[…]

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[…]

OBI is back!

Friends, we’re glad you’re here. And we’re glad to be back with you as well. Can we all take a deep collective breath together? Yes, just like that. Ok. If you follow us regularly, you may be wondering whatever happened to OBI after lockdown began in March of 2020—we know[…]

A Very Special Collaborative Holiday Concert

ABOUT KOLYADA – WINTER SONGS FROM THE BLACK SEA Tired of the same old same old at the holidays? Kolyada is an evening of local Eastern European folk ensembles and artists joining voices and esoteric instruments — like the aurally (and visually) interesting toaca, the taragot and the gadulka —[…]