Balkan Sundays: Melez Band

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Melez Band is playing Balkan Sundays this evening and they are going to knock your socks off!! They are based out of Seattle and have been opening up for Dzambo Agusevi (pretty much the best band world wide in the Balkan Brass style). Melez Band plays a unique genre of Macedonian Roma pop and they are hot! 

Eleni Govetas - Saxophone
Benji Rifati - Trumpet
Mik Bewsky - Electric Guitar
Bobby Govetas - Goč

Balkan Sundays is a free weekly event that takes place at Revolution Cafe in San Francisco. The music act for this evening will be announced the week leading up to the event. Hope to see you there! For more info on Balkan Sundays, click here 

Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal

The Starry Plough (map)

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Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal Presents
Blato Zlato (10:30 pm)
Helios (9 pm)
Doors at 8:00pm; Show at 9:00pm.
Admission: $12-15
Kitchen closes at 10:00 pm (ages 21+ thereafter)

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.

Blato Zlato (“Swamp Gold” in Bulgarian) is a New Orleans-based Balkan band featuring dreamy three-part vocal harmonies and hard-hitting instrumentals. The band performs folk and composed music from the Balkans and Eastern Europe with a particular focus on Bulgarian songs and dark, improvisational arrangements. Following the 2017 release of their debut album Swamp Gold and subsequent EP Voyage, the band has taken the New Orleans music scene by storm, broadening their fan base from bars and clubs to museums, universities, and the local festival circuit. Hailed as a band with “galactic ambitions” by The New Orleans Advocate, Blato Zlato is a powerhouse of accomplished players from Europe and the United States with a collective goal to produce meaningful cultural and musical bridges between old world and new. The band will be touring in both North America and Europe in summer 2019 in anticipation of the release of their sophomore album.

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.

Kafana Balkan: Inspector Gadje, Vlado Pupinoski, Elizabeth Strong, DJ Zeljko

Richshaw Stop (map)

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Inspector Gadje Balkan Brass will be featuring the extraordinary saxophone talents of Vlado Pupinoski (Macedonia via Chicago). Elizabeth Strong will be the featured dancer and DJ Zeljko will keep the dance floor grooving. More details to come!

Fanfare Zambaleta + Melez Band 6/21 Pre-Balkan Camp Show

The Starry Plough (map)

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Local Balkan Brass powerhouse Fanfare Zambaleta is excited to host the exciting new Melez Band from the Pacific Northwest in their first ever Bay Area show in a celebration of the younger generation of the American Balkan scene.

$12 advance/$12-15 sliding scale at the door

Melez Band is a four-piece, Seattle based band that plays Macedonian style Roma Pop.

Eleni Govetas - Saxophone
Benji Rifati - Trumpet
Mik Bewsky - Electric Guitar
Bobby Govetas - Goč (Drum)

Fanfare Zambaleta is a Balkan style brass band that takes inspiration and influences from the Romani, Serbian, Macedonian, Greek, and Bulgarian cultures and is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Expanded artist bios coming soon!