Balkan Bacchanl Feb 12!

We’re really happy to have not one, but TWO bands new to the Bacchanal this month. Plus, there’s nothing like Bacchanal favorites Mano Cherga to complete the party…read on!

Friday February 12, 2016
Mano Cherga (11pm)
Orchestrar Radacina (10pm)
Zabava (9pm)
Doors at 8:00pm, Music at 9:00pm
The Starry Plough (3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley)
Admission $10-15 sliding scale at the door ************************************************************


Zabava!, whose name means “party,” plays energetic, soulful, and rhythmically dazzling music in the Bulgarian, Greek, Macedonian, and Romani traditions. This group of fine musicians recreates the vibrant interplay of traditional music and dance from these cultural crossroads. Along with Bill Cope (gajda, bouzouki, tambura, accordion, chifteli), Zabava! is Corinne Sykes (vocals, tambura, tupan, darabuka), Michele Simon (vocals, baglama, tupan, hand drum), and Tom Farris (tambura, guitar, hand drum). We’re really happy to finally have this cool band here at the Bacchanal!



The Balkan scene in the Bay Area continues to grow, please welcome Orchestrar Radacina, Sonoma’s hot new brass band, to the Bacchanal! Orkestar Radacina plays Balkan Brass music with a funky twist. Founded in January 2015 in rural Northern California, Radacina’s nine members (trumpets, clarinets, trombone, baritone horn, sousaphone, bari sax and percussion) practice in the back of an old barn, surrounded by goats, llamas, and chickens. Sometimes the goats even sing along.



Mano Cherga are regulars at the Bacchanal, and for good reason – their unique “Roma folk party band” sound and wild energy will make you want to throw back some slivovitz and hit the dance floor!

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