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The Golden Festival brings gypsy, Balkan and other Eastern European music to Grand Prospect Hall (2015 schedule)

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Between globalFEST, Winter Jazz Fest and APAP Conference, there is a lot of interesting non-traditional-rock music going on in NYC in January. Additionally, there’s the 2015 edition of Brooklyn’s The Zlatne Uste Golden Festival which happens January 16 & 17 at Grand Prospect Hall, where it’s happened for years and where the DFA Anniversary happened:

Shaking up NYC together for 30 years! Join us and enjoy great music and lively dancing where community forms amongst strangers and families in true Balkan tradition. Golden Festival showcases more than 50 bands and acts on multiple stages over two nights. Balkan & Middle Eastern refreshments, Balkan arts vendors, as well as beautiful Balkan textiles on display.

This year’s fest is hosted by the Zlatne Uste Brass Band and happens across four stages across Grand Prospect Hall’s over-the-top rococo, chandeliered space. A list of this year’s scheduled performers is below (with more details here) and tickets are on sale now.

In addition to the main events happening at Grand Prospect Hall, there are a few Balkan music or related events leading up to Golden Fest, at such venues as Barbes, Muchmore’s, plus late night after-parties, and a daytime afterparty at Drom on January 18. Details on those events are listed below.

THE ZLATNE USTE GOLDEN FESTIVAL EVENT SCHEDULE 2015

FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2015
7 pm – doors open
7:30 pm – Dance workshop w live music
8:30 pm – 12:30 am – Dance party!
Featuring live music by:
Cherven Traktor, Kavala Brass Band w Lefteris Bournias, Pontic Firebird, Raya Brass Band and Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band

SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 2015
6 pm – 2 am
Here is the tentative lineup of groups performing. Please note that the schedule is subject to change even up to day of the event itself.
Amir Vahab Ensemble, Avram Pengas, Balkan Fields, Balkan Mind Meld, Black Masala, Black Sea Hotel, Blato Zlato, BSL Trio, Catherine Foster Brass Band, Cazma, Choban Elektrik, Čoček Nation, Dolunay, Fenyes Banda, Gogofski, Harris Brothers Balkan Band, 101 Kaba Gaidi New York, Lauren Brody’s Accordion Bytes, Litvakus, Loretta Kelley, Mahala, Mavrothi Kontanis, Michael Winograd & the Honorable Mentshn, MWE, Nightingale Trio, Nikolay Kolev, Niva, NY Bulgarian Women’s Choir Yasna Voices, Odglasi, Ork. Balkan Express, Orkestar BAM!, Ornamatik, Pontic Firebird, Powder Keg, Ralph and Friends, Raya Brass Band, Romashka, Sazet Band, Sanda Weigl & Band, Scott Wilson & Efendi, Sergiu Popa & Balkan Camp Orkestra, Sherita, Slaveya, Slavic Soul Party!, Souren Baronian and Friends, Stella Haskil Tribute Ensemble, Supruli, Svitanya, Tipsy Oxcart, Turku, Veveritse Brass Band, The Village Voices, West Philadelphia Orchestra, What Cheer? Brigade, Yale Women’s Slavic Chorus, Zingeray!, Zlatne Uste, Zulal, Zurli Drustvo

BALKAN OR RELATED MUSIC AND DANCE EVENTS IN NY DURING THE WEEK OF GOLDEN FESTIVAL 2015

TUESDAY 1/13
7:00-8:30pm g string orchestra at Barbès 376 9th St. (corner of 6th Ave.) Park Slope, Brooklyn 347-422-0248.

9:00pm Slavic Soul Party at Barbès

WEDNESDAY 1/14
6:30-8:00pm Dances for Golden Festival prep @ Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St., NYC 10028

9:00-11:30pm Odglasi, Choban Elektrik, Ornamatik @ Muchmore’s, 2 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn

9:00-12:00 NOLA style!- g string orchestra w/guests, quevlove (nyc rembetika), powder keg, matt schreiber and ben russell, and feral foster @ the jalopy theatre

THURSDAY 1/15
10:00pm TIPSY OXCART & ORNAMATIK at Barbès

FRIDAY 1/16 & SATURDAY 1/17
goldenfest afterparty!- tba

SUNDAY 1/18
Golden Fest Afterparty at Drom
85 Ave A, NYC
Doors: 4pm, Show: 5pm

5pm Čoček Nation
6pm Sergiu Popa’s Balkan Camp Reunion Band
7pm Pontic Firebird
8pm Odglasi
9pm MWE Band
Presented by Drom and the East European Folklife Center
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7:00 g string orchestra and blato zlato and mtba @ brooklyn lutherie 232 3rd Street, Brooklyn. brooklyn lutherie’s 1 year anniversary party!

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