Saturday, Mar 17, 2018 7:00p -
Sunday, Mar 18, 2018 1:00a
The Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden
51 Walden St
Concord, MA 01742
Music, Performing Arts
The 33rd annual Balkan Music Night will be held on March 17, 2018, at the 51 Walden (St.) Performing Arts Center in Concord MA. Balkan Music Night is the premier local event devoted to showcasing the distinctive and vibrant instrumental and vocal music of southeastern Europe. Produced in partnership with the Folk Arts Center of New England, Balkan Music Night brings together folk music and dance enthusiasts from across the Northeast for a fun-filled night of traditional music and dancing. The evening’s festivities take place in two separate spaces: the large dance hall, for participatory dancing to energetic, live Balkan dance band music, and the upstairs Kefana, for acoustic music performances in an intimate venue with concert seating.
Balkan Music Night performers are master musicians who emigrated from the Balkan countries, as well as American-born musicians who have embraced these traditions, playing music from Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Turkey. This year’s lineup includes preeminent musicians Merita Halili and Raif Hyseni, playing music from Albania; Elitsa Stoyneva, a seven-time gold medalist folk singer from Bulgaria; and Boston’s own Bulgarian chorus Divi Zheni, led by the irrepressible Tatiana Sarbinska. Dynamic Balkan bands will rock the dance hall, including Cherven Traktor, featuring Nikolay Kolev and Donka Koleva, playing folk music of Bulgaria and Macedonia; Kavala, specializing in the brass music from the Florina area of northern Greece; local virtuoso Beth Bahia Cohen and friends, performing Greek dance music; plus two other local favorites: Gogofski, playing the complex dance rhythms of the Balkans, and Cocek! Brass Band, who will entertain with a unique blend of Balkan and New Orleans dance music. Upstairs in the Kefana we present an equally impressive array of talent, with Sandy Theodorou and friends playing Rebetika (urban Greek music), and Muscari, presenting traditional music from across the Middle East; plus Matthew Schreiber and Georgi Petrov, playing a selection of Balkan tunes, with a touch of New Orleans Jazz; and more!
The party begins in the dance hall starting at 7:00PM, with music and simple, no-partner dances for which brief instruction will be provided. The festivities continue in the dance hall until 1:00AM, with seven bands performing, interspersed with sing-alongs, and dance performances from the Mladost Folk Ensemble, and the Bashkimi Dance Group. Upstairs, the program in the Kefana offers a more mellow listening experience, with an acoustic music program featuring six performing groups, from 8:00PM on. Throughout the night, visit the main lobby to enjoy complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and light snacks, or shop for band CDs (and more!) at the FAC’s music shop, “The Little Shop of Horas.”
Join us on March 17, 2018 for Balkan Music Night! Twelve bands, six hours of dancing, twelve hours of music – all in one night! Tickets bought in advance are $35 for the entire evening ($40 at the door) with discounts for kids, young adults, seniors, and Folk Arts Center members. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.balkanmusicnight.com