THE BERKELEY BALKAN BACCHANAL- JUNE 20


Please join us on the 3rd Thursday of every month for 3 local Balkan bands at an affordable price! Also, check out the great article in the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

This is the last Bacchanal of the spring season…we’ll be back in September!

THE BERKELEY BALKAN BACCHANAL
Thursday, JUNE 20, 2013
Doors at 8:00pm, Show at 9:00pm
DISCIPLES OF MARKOS
VERETSKI PASS
BALKALICIOUS FIRE DRIVE
The Starry Plough (3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley)
Admission $8-12 sliding scale (support the bands yo!)
Questions? Contact us here!

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DISCIPLES OF MARKOS
The Disciples of Markos are the Bay Area’s only band dedicated to exploring the Golden Age of Greek Rebetiko. Rebetiko is the music of the 1930s Greek Underworld, the music of gangsters, dopers, thieves, and bohemians. This heavy, low down music told the stories of the hardscrabble underworld Rebetika life of knife fights, drug busts, love and longing.The band takes it’s name from Markos Vamvakaris, the Godfather of rebetiko, and the heaviest, most stoned-out bouzouki player of them all.

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VERETSKI PASS
We’re lucky to have another chance to see and hear the fantastic Veretski Pass here at the Bacchanal. Veretski Pass is a trio of seasoned pros who have as gone as deep as anyone in mining the history of Klezmer and other Jewish music from the Balkans and Eastern Europe. In a true collage of Carpathian, Jewish, Rumanian and Ottoman styles, typical suites contain dances from Moldavia and Bessarabia; Jewish melodies from Poland and Rumania; Hutzul wedding music from Carpathian-Ruthenia; and haunting Rebetic aires from Smyrna, seamlessly integrated with original compositions. Veretski Pass recently performed at the Concertgebouw Concert Hall in Amsterdam, and their CDs have repeatedly been on the 10-best recording lists of journalists.

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BALKALICIOUS FIRE DRIVE
With searing instrumentals and sultry, gut-wrenching vocals soaring over hard-hitting grooves, Balkalicious Fire Drive rocks you with the raw and intoxicating energy, sound and spirit of the Balkans.  Band members are infused with long and vibrant histories from the Bay Area world music scene and beyond.  They are: Leslie Bonnett on vocals and violin; Stuart Brotman on bass; Shea Comfort on clarinet; Dennis Demakos on laouto and vocals, and Haig Kassabian on percussion.

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