November 9th Bacchanal

Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal
At the Starry Plough Pub

Balkan Ensemble Meraklii
Helios Greek Band

Friday, November 9
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 on the second Friday of 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. 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.

Balkan Ensemble Meraklii

Bay Area-based Balkan Ensemble Merkalii & Rumen Sali Shopov pick you up and spin you around with their energetic Balkan and Romani dance tunes! Rumen Sali Shopov is an internationally acclaimed musician, arranger and band leader who has inspired many local musicians and groups. Balkan Ensemble Meraklii grew out of his Balkan and Romani Ensemble music/singing workshop at the Berkeley Jazz School.

RMerakliiumen Sali Shopov – band leader, percussion, vocals
Helena Alexander – vocals
Jesse Stremski – saxophone
David Solnit – clarinet
Mike Margulis – trumpet
Sharon Grodin – accordion
Evan Stuart – bass

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Helios Greek Band

The Helios Band is one of the most versatile Greek bands in Northern California, playing traditional Rembetika, Laika, Nissiotika, Demotika and Modern Greek music. Helios has performed at Greek Festivals throughout the western U.S. and has also performed at celebrity weddings in the Bay Area. The outstanding musicianship and vocals of the Helios Band members make each performance a truly special and memorable event.

13327593_1683125508367514_2054582640656445911_nMichael Mavroudis – bass, bouzouki, vocals
Michael Garibaldi – keyboards, vocals
Lefteri Tsacle – violin
Irene Mavroudis – lead vocals
George Mavroudis – guitar, bass, vocals
Greg Jenkins – clarinet

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