Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal presents
Mano Cherga (11 pm)
Alex Hand (10 pm)
Jerusafunk (9 pm)
Doors at 8:00pm; Admission: $10+
Kitchen closes at 10:00 pm (Ages 21+ thereafter)
At the Starry Plough Pub 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA
The Mano Cherga Band‘s repertoire consists of contemporary and traditional tunes from Ex Yugoslavia, drawing to a great extent on the body of work of the Romani Music King Saban Bajramovic, as well as Goran Bregovic, Tozovac, and a mix of Hungarian, Vallachian, Macedonian, Croatian and Greek tunes, singing in more than six languages. Its lively performances transport the audience to the kafanas of former Yugoslavia with upbeat, steamy tempos, hypnotic Balkan rhythms, catchy melodies, and fierce violin, guitar, and oud solos.
Beodan Miric- vocals and guitar, Yevgeniy Sverdlik- upright bass, Alexander Goldshtrakh- accordion, Haluk Kecelioglu- violin and oud and Edwin Meares- drums
Alex Hand is a guitarist, currently based in the San Francisco area. Alex’s musical journey has taken him from classic rock and punk to classical guitar, jazz and the Django Reinhardt tradition. Recently back from studying in Eastern Europe, he’s been focusing on European folk styles, including Bulgarian, Romanian and Irish. New for 2018 is the Alex Hand Band’s debut album, “Traders of the Lost Arts,” available on iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp.
Alex Hand: guitar
Gabe Case: bass
Isaac Schwartz: drums
Kevin Gerzevitz: accordion
Jerusafunk is Phoenix’s first and only Klezploitation band! Conceived in 2010 by Chris Del Favero (guitar) and Jessie Demaree (clarinet), the nine-piece ensemble seamlessly blends traditional Klezmer with American Funk and other world music genres such as Jazz, Salsa, Samba, Bossa Nova, Cumbia, and Afrobeat.
Chris Del Favero- guitar/vox
Jessie Demaree- clarinet/vox
Alan Acosta- alto/flute/clarinet
Elliott Fox- tenor
Saul Millan- trombone
Zack Parker- guitar/ slide guitar
Bailey Zick- bass guitar
Connor Sample- drums/ percussion
Jeremy Lentz- drums/ percussion