• Rickshaw Stop (map)
  • 155 Fell Street
  • San Francisco, CA, 94102
  • United States
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This Kafana Balkan will be featuring bombastic Balkan brass music by Ismail Lumanovski + Inspector Gadje Balkan Brass with special guests Deuce Eclipse (Bang Data) and Kata Miletich (Locura), and stunning bellydance by local favorites Jill Parker & Little Egypt, and DJ Željko. The dance floor will be hopping!
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.

Ismail Lumanovski performs internationally and leads the New York Gypsy Allstars, is perhaps the first Roma clarinet player to graduate from the Juilliard School of Music in New York. His sui generis mastery of Western classical and Eastern folk music have elevated both musics to new heights, and indeed to new octaves in the clarinet.

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).

Emcee Deuce Eclipse creates an open universal sound, which he describes as “Freedom Style” or “Indigenous Noise." His vision is deeply rooted in both the traditional Nicaraguan music his father would play on his guitar and the rhythmic expressive style of American Hip-Hop. He is both a solo artist and front man for the beloved Bay Area ensemble Bang Data, and has toured extensively with the Zion I Crew.

JILL PARKER is an international, award winning belly dancer. She is an instructor, choreographer, and founder of the modern tribal fusion belly dance movement.
She's an exceptional belly dance teacher with a gift for demystifying this sensuous form, making its techniques accessible to new dancers, while offering tremendous insight for refinement to advanced dancers. With over two decades of experience, she has trained many of the top dancers in the genre.
Jill is an original member of Fat Chance Belly Dance, founder of Ultra Gypsy, and director of Little Egypt. She teaches weekly classes at ODC Commons (SF).

DJ Željko
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 Petković. 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.

About the presenters:
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 gro

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

More on Ismail Lumanovski - https://www.ismaillumanovski.com
More on Inspector Gadje - https://www.inspectorgadje.com
More on Kafana Balkan -www.facebook.com/kafana.balkan
More on Jill Parker - https://www.facebook.com

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