Posted in music | tour dates on March 31, 2009

NY Gypsy Festival

Enter the wild, underground world of the Gypsies on April 11, 2009 when an all-star cast of performers, DJs, dancers and colorful characters gather to launch the 5th anniversary season of the NY Gypsy Festival. The 6-hour marathon will feature live bands and DJs in a circus-like atmosphere with dancers and palm readers and visuals at Le Poisson Rouge.
Tickets for the kick-off party are on sale. More info on the lineup below.

April 11th will be the first in a series of monthly warm-up parties leading up to the actual four-day Gypsy Fest which is scheduled for the end of September (Sept 23-26). Gogol Bordello played the inaugural event in 2005. Germany's Shantel may be the headliner this year.

Videos of the kick-off party performers, the LPR flyer and more info, below...

NY Gypsy Festival

Headlining the soiree is one of Turkey's top clarinet players, Selim Sesler, who played two packed shows at Joe's Pub two years ago. Described as "The Coltrane of the Clarinet" by The Guardian, Sesler will join the mighty NY Gypsy All-Stars for a must-see clash of the clarinets, and high energy Balkan funk & jazz. Also appearing are the 9-piece dance combo Romashka playing brassy Balkan beats & heart-twisting Russian tangos and heavyweight trumpeter Frank London, who brings his infectious energy and klezmer-brass sounds to the kick-off party. In their NY debut, Finnish duo Wonderlust are taking the Gypsy sound into club world by mixing music from both the west and east side of the Volga River. DJ Pepe rounds off the night with music from the Bosporus straight up the Danube River, right over the Hudson. West Village venue Le Poisson Rouge will morph into an Eastern gypsy town with visuals & decor by Wonderlust, palm reading by Mephulia and gypsy dances by the beautiful Kristina Melike - a feast not just for the ears but also for the eyes
Selim Sesler-Sehnaz Longa

NY Gypsy All Stars - Husnu Smajko Yuri

El Mariachi Cocek - Romashka Live at Joe's Pub

Frank London Klezmer Brass All Stars May 7, 2008

Kristina Melike - "Romantisca"

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Comments (9)

Bonnaroo is so much better.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 11:22 AM

ewww. gross.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 11:55 AM

what kind of @sshole listens to or goes to this stuff?!

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 1:21 PM

right, god forbid anyone listen to anything besides dan deacon and the vivian girls.

since when did all independent music start sounding the same? you might not listen to this stuff, but you should be glad people do, and that musicians are still working to create diverse sounds and preserve some really wonderful traditions.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 2:12 PM

Right, I personally listen to Gogol, Beirut as well as Fujiya & Miyagi or The Books - nothing wrong with liking stuff that doesn't fit any particular genre

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 4:02 PM

Watch out for pickpockets

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2009 12:31 PM

I'm the kind of asshole that listens to this stuff. The Balkan scene is the most interesting scene right now in NYC. People actually dance to the music. The music is complex as hell but at the same time simple and blunt. It's ferocious music. It's such a rich tradition but then it's totally out at the same time. Golden Fest is this huge balkan underground festival with brass bands and gypsy bands, go to it and you will never see NYC the same. There is also the balkan shout out, gyspy fest, bulgarian bar. What kind of person reads brooklyn vegan and ONLY listens to Indie rock? Why do you live in NYC? This is an international city with incredible opportunity. If you going to be a narrow minded dork there are plenty of cities that will pat you on the back for being a cool indie rocker. Move there.

Posted by sxip shirey | April 8, 2009 1:26 AM

i can't believe these comments, you guys are assholes. it's ok though, the music you like will go out of style in ten years while these ancient traditions will just keep going for another 600 years :)

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2009 2:14 AM

ewww. gross.

Posted by LaurettaRua | January 24, 2013 2:45 PM

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