December Bacchanal

Friday, December 9, 2016

Starry Plough Pub in Berkeley
3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

December’s edition of the Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal presents an eclectic lineup of three bands from the far reaches of Bay Area for a marathon of folk music traditions from all over Eastern Europe. The Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal is a notoriously raucous Balkan party bringing together local musicians and audiences at the Starry Plough on the second Friday of every month.

Doors at 8:00pm
Music at 9:00pm
Admission is $10-20 sliding scale
21+ after 10pm (as kitchen closes)

420388_267831569963839_310473613_nBALKALICIOUS 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, and Haig Kassabian on percussion.

13699954_1093186984052492_2791720256963968181_nWe welcome back Orchestar Radacina, Sonoma’s hot new Balkan 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.

13882224_842931840898_9109285916110140062_n.jpeg And up first, we’re looking forward to the return of the Ghost Note Ensemble. Ghost Note Ensemble weaves music from Hungarian, Moldavian, Ukrainian, and Jewish folk traditions into a tuneful time traveled tapestry, a requiem for borders of future past.

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