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

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This Kafana Balkan features:
Local Balkan powerhouse Inspector Gadje joined by clarinet and saxophone virtuoso Vlado Pupinoski from Macedonia. Dancing by Elizabeth Strong ... and tunes to swing your hips by DJ Željko

See footage here https://youtu.be/_Mx2u-RdW5Q?list=RD_Mx2u-RdW5Q where a line formed around the block, incited an all-night sweat soaked dance party, and ecstatic memories still resonating with those lucky enough to have been there.

Not only was Kafana Balkan the first ongoing Balkan dance party in San Francisco, it's also the Bay Area's biggest Balkan
music party masterminded by DJ Željko Petkovi?. Željko hails from the Balkans, Serbia by way of Frankfurt and now resides in San Francisco. We here in San Francisco have the great benefit of enjoying his discriminating taste and seemingly endless collection of Balkan music. DJ Željko clearly loves what he does and he is a crowd pleaser, concocting a genuine brew of highly danceable Balkan Brass. Željko lovingly promotes Balkan music and culture by producing Kafana Balkan roughly four times a year. KB event has won "The Best of" both Bay Guardian and SF Weekly weekly newspapers.

Inspector Gadje brings a big sound to the beautiful and bumpin' brass band music of the Balkans. With 14 musicians sharing the stage, Inspector Gadje is an acoustic dance machine that makes the party move! A "... RIP ROARING MAD BALKAN BRASS BEDLAM" (KPFA'S Stephen Kent, “Music of the World”) and an "instant party atmosphere” (The SF Chronicle).

Vlado Pupinoski
was born in Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia, to a large musical family. His late father, Sekula Pupinoski, and uncle, Efto Pupinoski, are popular and well-known traditional folk music singers. The musical roots and talent that he inherited from his father and uncle were evident early on. Vlado started playing the clarinet at the age of 9.
As virtuoso on the clarinet and saxophone and master of many styles,Vlado has performed with some great names in music, including Yo-Yo Ma, Berlin Philharmonic’s Simon Rattle, Chicago Symphony’s Riccardo Muti, Zurich Symphony’s David Zinman, as well as with jazz clarinetist Eddie Daniels. Vlado performs regularly and he has won many prizes at music competitions and has performed at several festivals.

Elizabeth Strong
is a life long dancer, raised in the folk communities of California, where she was exposed to music and dance of the Balkans and Middle East
from a young age. In addition to over a decade of study in the Bay Area, She has traveled and studied dance ethnology in Turkey and Egypt, the first student of Reyhan Tuzsuz in Istanbul, and student of Sahra Saeeda in Egyptian dance and culture.

DJ Željko

About the presenters: Kafana Balkan was the first ongoing Balkan dance party in San Francisco and is the only one of its kind organized by DJ Željko Petković? in the Bay Area. Željko hails from Serbia by way of Frankfurt, and, lucky for us, he now calls San Francisco home. DJ Željko has discriminating taste, a seemingly endless collection of great Balkan albums, and love and joy for his music, a crowd-pleasing, danceable Balkan brass sound. Željko promotes Balkan music and culture by producing Kafana Balkan roughly four times a year. Since February 2015, he's joined by Marco Peris Coppola, Creative Co Strategist and Co Booker, who is helping Kafana Balkan grow.

There will be Rakija -delectible Serbian plum brandy. Warning: :drink at your own risk:!

More on Inspector Gadje - www.inspectorgadje.com
More on Vlado Pupinoski - www.facebook.com/vlado.pupinoski
More on Kafana Balkan -www.facebook.com/kafana.balkan
More on Elizabeth Strong - www.facebook.com/strongdancer

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Blato Zlato at Balkan Sundays

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Blato Zlato (“Swamp Gold” in Bulgarian) is a New Orleans-based Balkan band featuring dreamy three-part vocal harmonies and hard-hitting instrumentals. They will be touring the West Coast for the first time this June, performing throughout WA, OR & CA. Bring your listening ears and dancing shoes!

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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 

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

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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!