Doors at 8:00pm; Show at 9:00pm
Admission is $10-20 sliding scale
21+ after 10pm (kitchen closes then)
The May edition of the Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal presents a three-part concert featuring the rare worldly talent of local Bay Area musicians. The Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal is a notoriously raucous marathon of music and dance at the Starry Plough on the second Friday of every month.
Performing at 11:00pm: Orchestra Euphonos is a Bay Area-based Eastern European folk and klezmer band. Their uplifting sound is characterized by a brass and woodwind melodic front line. Orchestra Euphonos performs songs and melodies from Bessarabia and the Balkans. Their performances are joyous occasions filled with wild takes on old favorites, group improvisations and more than a few opportunites to dance. This performance will feature Peter Bonos (trumpet), Zina Pozen (accordion), Yagiz Sen (guitar) Asaf Ophir (woodwinds), Travis Hendrix (bass, clarinet), Juliana Frick (bass), Jack Hanley & Ivan Velev (percussion)
Hadi Dede (Come on, Grandpa!) is a four-piece band revitalizing eclectic repertoire from the Balkans and the Middle East, centered in Turkey. Watch out if they try to be too splendid on stage, and warn them gently if they lose touch. Join us for an entrancing musical expedition from Azerbaijan through Turkey to Macedonia. At times, they will sound like the Ottoman Navy Band, at times like a jam band, and at times like a Bulgarian wedding band. Hadi Dede are Jarolim ‘Yaz’ from Istanbul, on guitar, bouzouki, and vocals, Joey Friedman from Albuquerque on sax, Faisal Zedan, from Syria, on Derbakki, Riqq, frame drums, and Calvin Lai, from Glendale, CA on clarinet. Hadi!
Performing at 9:00pm: Moonshine Jelly
Power-house acoustic duo Moonshine Jelly consists of violinist and vocalist Lee Corbie-Wells, and guitarist and filmmaker Kent Kessinger, plus special guest Zina Pozen on accordion. The band adds contemporary context to ancient folk songs and tunes of Eastern Europe, Celtic countries and the British Isles, and the Americas. With their intimate voices and performance intensity, this up-and-coming band is not only reviving but transforming traditional musics of the world.