The third installment of the Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal’s 2016-17 season presents a triple-threat rapid fire sampling of the bay area’s finest Balkan groups in a frenzy of music and dance to kick off your marathon weekend.
Doors at 8pm
Music at 9pm
Admisison is $10-20 sliding scale
21+ after 10pm (kitchen closes then)
With searing instrumentals and sultry, gut-wrenching vocals soaring over hard-hitting grooves, BALKALICIOUS FIRE DRIVE rocks you with the raw and intoxicating energy, sound and spirit of the Balkans. Band members are infused with long and vibrant histories from the Bay Area world music scene and beyond. They are: Leslie Bonnett on vocals and violin; Stuart Brotman on bass, Shea Comfort on clarinet, and Haig Kassabian on percussion.
Welcome back Orchestrar Radacina, Sonoma’s hot new brass band, to the Bacchanal! Orkestar Radacina plays Balkan Brass music with a funky twist. Founded in January 2015 in rural Northern California, Radacina’s nine members (trumpets, clarinets, trombone, baritone horn, sousaphone, bari sax and percussion) practice in the back of an old barn, surrounded by goats, llamas, and chickens. Sometimes the goats even sing along.
And up first, we’re looking forward to the return of the Ghost Note Ensemble! Ghost Note Ensemble weaves music from Hungarian, Moldavian, Ukrainian, and Jewish folk traditions into a tuneful time traveled tapestry, a requiem for borders of future past.