October Bacchanal

Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal
At the Starry Plough Pub

La Pêche
George & Nikolas Parisis

Friday, October 12
The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Doors at 8:00pm; Show at 9:00pm.
$10 presale tickets are available online
$12-15 sliding scale at the door
Kitchen closes at 10:00 pm (ages 21+ thereafter)

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The Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal presents a new rotation of bands the Starry Plough Pub every month. Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal is a concert series featuring the other-worldy talent of musicians from the Bay Area and beyond performing Eastern European folk music on the second Friday of the month. A hub in the Bay Area Balkan music scene, the bacchanal provides a platform for a community of performers, folk dancers, regular attendants and new friends to revel together every month since 2011.

La Pêche


To have “La Pêche” is French for being in a particularly good mood and great form ; a feeling the band immediately conveys with its fiery energy and unique sound, taking roots in traditional musics from Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Born in 2012 out of a residency at the legendary Café Revolution in San Francisco, La Pêche quickly grew under Saxophonist Paul Bertin’s direction to become one of the most original players in the California Balkan scene. Always reinventing itself while paying respect towards traditional music, La Pêche brings out the juiciness of melodies old and new in a dazzling feast for the ears!



Mahala is a new collaborative project, bringing together some of the finest musicians from the local Bay Area Balkan music scene. We will bring you traditional as well as original music in the traditional and Lautari Romanian and Moldavian style.

Andrew Cohen (accordion), Annie Cilley (violin), Balder ten Cate (cimbalom), Matthew Stein (violin), Travis Hendrix (bass)

Parisis 2.pngGeorge & Nikolas Parisis

George & Nikolas Parisis grew up in Lodi, CA and have played traditional Greek folk music from the island of Crete for over a decade. Both brothers play mandolino, however George is a highly skilled laouto player and Nikolas excels at the Cretan Lyra. They are self taught since age 14 and currently George works as a science teacher while Nikolas is a medical student.

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