Maritza (Submitted photo)
Maritza (Submitted photo)

T-bocks Open Stage in April is Sunday, April 28, and features the popular Decorah-based band, Maritza.

Sign up is at 6:45; show starts at 7 p.m.

Named for a river in Bulgaria, Maritza was conceived during a jam session with Pine Wilson and friends in Decorah, Iowa in 1998. Her passion for Balkan and Klezmer music grew out of her love for Balkan folk dancing. Sources of inspiration for Pine in the Klezmer realm have included the Klezmatics, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, and the Andy Statman Orchestra, and Balkan greats Boban Marcovich, Ivo Papasov, and Yuri Yunakov.

The lineup of players often include: Pine Wilson, bandleader, on accordion, Ann Streufert on violin and flute, Elizabeth Finanger on mandolin, guitar, and percussion, and Hannah Breckbill on acoustic bass, and Erik Berg on drums.

Maritza's venues have included: The Great River Folk Festival, La Crosse, WI; Live on Winnebago festival, Decorah; the Madison Folk Ball, University of Wisconsin, Madison,Wis.; the Door County Folk Festival, Sister Bay, Wis.; Harmony for Mayo concerts, Rochester, Minn., live on Wisconsin Public Radio's "Simply Folk" and other festivals, weddings, bar mitzvahs and dance events in the tri-state area of Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Maritza's recordings have included the early "Fires on the Shore" and "Rekindled," released in the fall of 2011, featuring the five-piece band, with guest performers clarinetist Kristine Jepsen, drummers Will Kemperman and Erik Berg and guitarist Tony Guzman.