March Bacchanal: BFD, Tak Tak Boom, & Helios

Balkalicious Fire Drive
Tak Tak Boom

Starry Plough Pub
3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
Doors at 8pm
Music at 9pm
Admission is $10-20 sliding scale
21+ after 10pm (kitchen closes then)

March’s edition of the Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal presents a three-part concert featuring the rare worldly talent of local Bay Area musicians. The Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal is a notoriously raucous marathon of music and dance at the Starry Plough on the second Friday of every month.

Headlining the Bacchanal, back by popular demand is Balkalicious Fire Drive (or BFD). 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 and Yagiz Ali Šen on guitar.

We are proud to welcome for the first time, the mighty trio Tak Tak Boom, featuring the familiar faces of George Chittenden, Calvin Lai, and Sean Tergis of Edessa and MWE. They’ll hit the floor for an up close and thrilling set of the best Balkan zurna tunes sure to get you up and dancing. They go on at 10pm.

Opening the night (at 9pm), we are pleased to bring back the Helios Band. They have delighted audiences at Greek Festivals and weddings throughout the west coast with their infectious harmonies and make each performance a truly special and memorable event. They just released their debut CD, From Dusk Till Dawn in the Fall of 2016!

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