Dingonek Street Band

Funky, High-Energy Afrobeat, Ethio-Jazz, Punk Rock, Free Jazz, And Balkan Brass


Rooted in the unbridled spontaneity and celebratory energy of the second-line brass band tradition, Dingonek Street Band incorporates elements of Afrobeat, Ethio-jazz, punk rock, post-bop, and Balkan brass into a colorful tapestry of controlled composition and musical mayhem.

Dingonek began in Boston in 2013 with an extended Monday night residency at the legendary Middle East Nightclub. Originally “Bobby Spellman’s Underground Society Band,” the group experimented by combining disparate styles of music into new compositions, working out brass arrangements of rock and pop hits, and reworking trad-jazz and post-bop standards.

In 2015 the group relocated its main headquarters to Brooklyn and worked to further hone their unique sound by embracing the funkiest elements of their diverse repertoire and working out new music in Brooklyn clubs and the NYC subway system.

In 2017 the band captured their evolving sound in the studio and released their debut album “Primal Economics” on Boston’s Accurate Records.

Equally at home at rock clubs, jazz clubs, or performing in the streets, Dingonek is currently bringing their eclectic sound to cities across the Northeast US and beyond.