(photo above added later- picture of the actual event)
new york's annual balkan music festival, golden fest, takes place tomorrow and saturday. the price has gone up (five or 10 years ago it was $20. and included limitless food and beer!) but you still get a lot for your money- 40 bands, dancing (even dance lessons) and traditional balkan food. cash bar this year. the venue has changed from inwood to brooklyn. traditional balkan musicians, hip balkan influenced bands, roma, middle eastern music, belly dancing, norwegian fiddle... runs the gamut. party atmosphere- eating, drinking, dancing, several music venues simultaneously so one can wander from room to room or floor to floor as different little or large groups of musicians appear.
click for info: golden festival.
the new venue: grand prospect hall (!)
i just noticed that the festival will end with a performance by what cheer brigade from providence rhode island.
what cheer produces the rock and roll yard sale in somerville massachusetts, where the very first evolution now t shirts were sold!
golden festival has some talent overlap with somerville's honk fest held annually in october.
also saturday night, another favorite: slavic soul party !