Friday July 8, Summer Bacchanal!

We normally take July and August off, but we just couldn’t pass up this show!

BERKELEY BALKAN BACCHANAL
Friday July 8, 2016
Rumen ‘Sali’ Shopov and Meraklii (10:45pm)
Dolunay (9pm)

Doors at 8:00pm, Music at 9:00pm
The Starry Plough (3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley)
Admission $10-15 sliding scale at the door ************************************************************

This will be a Bacchanal to remember, featuring two bands to keep you enthralled and moving all night. Playing first will be Dolunay, a trio from New York performing Turkish and Rumeli music. It will be their first time in the Bay Area and we are very lucky to have them at the Bacchanal. Playing second will be Rumen ‘Sali’ Shopov & Meraklii, some of you might remember when they kept the dance floor moving from beginning to end the last time they played at the Bacchanal. We are very happy to have them back. See you there!
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Ensemble Merkalii & Rumen-Sali Shopov pick you up and spin you around with their energetic wedding-style and arranged traditional Balkan and Romani dance tunes. The band makes music “with merak” – for the love of the experience, with passion and heart – and so they are “Meraklii.”
Rumen Sali Shopov is an internationally acclaimed musician, arranger and band leader who has inspired many local musicians and groups. Ensemble Meraklii grew out of his Balkan and Romani Ensemble music/singing workshop at the Berkeley Jazz School.

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With a musical vision that is at once ethereal and grounded, Dolunay flirts with the soundscape of the ancient Ottomans, tracing its migration through Balkan villages, coaxing it across seas and oceans, and grafting it onto a Brooklyn-based backdrop. The trio infuses classic and contemporary traditions with an urban grit that can only be found in New York City’s confluence of musical and cultural forces. Dolunay is Jenny Luna on vocals and percussion, Adam Good on ud and Eylem Basaldi on violin.

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