Saaraba is high energy world rock (ska-funk-reggae-rock) band from New Orleans. Complete with a tight horn section, Saaraba seamlessly flows from uplifting reggae to dirty New Orleans funk keeping the dance floor full and moving all night.


• Cities Played: New Orleans, LA; Lafayette, LA; Port Allen, LA; Lake Charles, LA; Baton Rouge, LA; Pensacola, FL; Destin, FL; Jackson, MS; Ocean Springs, MS; Houston, TX; Little Rock, AR; Memphis, TN; Durango, CO; Denver, CO; Boulder, CO; Grand Junction, CO; Crested Butte, CO; Telluride, CO; Colorado Springs, CO; Ft. Collins, CO; Snowmass, CO; Vail, CO; Gunnison, CO; Keystone, CO; Lander, WY; Ketchum, ID; Sand Point, ID; Clarkston, WA; Spokane, WA; Portland, OR; Eugene, OR; Ashland, OR; Los Angeles, CA; Santa Barbara, CA; Colton, CA; Mesa, AR; Missoula, MT (Total # Cities: 37)

2005 Big Easy Award Nominee– Best Reggae/World
2005 Best of the Beat Award Nominee—Best Emerging Latin/World

Special Events:
2005 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival
2005 French Quarter Festival
2004 Loyola Universtiy Hurricane Festival
2003, 2004, 2005 Apocalypse Ball (Mardi Gras Benefit for the Louisiana Himalaya association)

Saaraba is a New Orleans based, national touring world-rock act. The band’s repertoire consists of a high energy, danceable mix of ska, reggae, New Orleans funk, rock, latin, and jazz styles. The band’s members hail from all across the world but have made New Orleans their home in the last several years. Danny Marks (guitar, vocals), Joshua Scalf (saxophone), Boyanna Trayanova (drums), Luke Hudleston (trombone), and Josh Riley (bass) have a strong chemistry and an infectious vibe.
The band got its start playing the New Orleans club scene in late fall of 2002. In the time since, Saaraba has expanded its devoted following from coast to coast. To date the band has played in thirty seven different cities across the U.S. with a high concentration in the Southeast, West Coast and Rocky Mountain areas. The band has also recently performed at the prestigious New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival (Jazz Fest) and the French Quarter Festival.
In late 2004, Saaraba released their second full length studio album, Nudivinity, on the Damngood! Records label. The album has received strong reviews from major news publications all across the country. This project was largely funded by a grant received from the state of Louisiana and credits studio veteran Moz Dedeaux as producer.
Pure and simple, Saaraba’s live performance has never disappointed yet. No matter what the make-up of the audience, the band guarantees a great time. The music is fast gaining a reputation with fans of the “Jam Band” scene as well as rockers, jazzers and even more conservative types. Saaraba can fill any type of venue and are always looking for new performance opportunities.

For Booking/Info contact Damngood Records—
(504) 289-6384—Danny Marks (504) 701-5241—Joshua Scalf


Saaraba- Saaraba (Jan. 2004)
Saaraba- Nudivinity (Damngood! records, Nov 2004)

Set List

Saaraba typically plays 2- 3 hour+ sets depending on the crowd and the situation. Though a typical Saaraba set is original-heavy, the band does play covers by the likes of Bob Marley, The Meters, Rebirth Brass Band, The Abyssinians and others.