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Saturday, January 19, 2013 Options
Live from the Golden Festival

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West Philadelphia Orchestra at Golden Fest 2012

For the fifth year, TSP presents a live broadcast from the massive annual Balkan and East European music and dance bacchanal, the Golden Festival.

It's a two night affair - tonight is the second night - at the kitschy and fabulous Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave, Brooklyn.

We'll bring you the action live from 6-9 pm at the Grand Ballroom stage, one of four stages with dozens of bands playing from 6 pm until 2 am.

Tickets, available at the door, include a fabulous Balkan / Mediterranean buffet dinner home-made on-site. (Beer is extra - but they usually have great East European dark beer!)

Over sixty bands will play on the four festival stages - Grand Ballroom, Chopin Room, Atrium and Rainbow Room - but the bands playing at the Grand Ballroom during the broadcast are:

Raklorom @ 6 pm - All kinds of music in the Romani language performed by NYU students and community members (both Roma and non-Roma)

Floricica Oltenea @ 6:30 pm - Romanian dance on the Jaw Harp

Brazda @ 6:40 pm - 8-piece Balkan band playing fresh arrangements of traditional repertoire from Bulgaria, FYR Macedonia, Greece, Serbia, and beyond.

Milo Destanovski @ 7:10 pm - Macedonian gajda (bagpipe)

Michael Winograd and the Klezmer Orchestra International @ 7:25 pm - Klezmer music for dancing

Raya Brass Band @ 7:55 pm - Music from the Balkans with an American pulse played by a village style quintet consisting of trumpet, sax, accordion, tuba and tupan.

Lyuti Chushki @ 8:25 pm - Traditional Bulgarian music on kaval, gaida (bagpipe), gudulka, tambura and tupan ), all of which serve to accompany the unique Bulgarian vocal style which has a beauty on its own.

Big thanks to Golden Festival founders and organizers the Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band and the festival committee; co-host and tech guru Irene Trudel; and to the rest of our our illustrious crew:

Mark Koch
Juan Aboites
Chuck Dean
Dan Barker
Jason Sigal
Matthew Cherchio
Bryan Koniarz
Ariana Hellerman
Katie Gentile
Nick the Bard

This Week's Playlist:

Raklorom: Live from the Golden Festival Options (0:00:00 )

John Parrish / Floricica Olteneasca: Live from the Golden Festival Options (0:41:36 )

Brazda: Live from the Golden Festival Options (0:41:08 )

Milo Destanovski with Jessica Ruiz: Live from the Golden Festival Options (1:09:38 )
Gaida and tapan

Michael Winograd and the Klezmer Orchestra International: Live from the Golden Festival Options (1:20:52 )

Raya Brass Band: Live from the Golden Festival Options (1:56:31 )

Lyuti Chushki: Live from the Golden Festival Options (2:23:53 )

Listener comments!

Avatar Sat. 1/19/13 6:37pm G:

I'm guessing this might be an affiliate or offshoot of, or hommage to, the Golden Stag Festival (Romania)???

At any rate, nice sounds so far...
  Sat. 1/19/13 6:39pm Brute Force:

Whenever the Golden Festival thinks Brute Force must appear, it will help raise consciousness of whomever has also appeared, especially the audience.
Avatar    Sat. 1/19/13 6:40pm cklequ:

This is brilliant....
Avatar Sat. 1/19/13 6:42pm Cory:

I now know why my mother took away my jaw harp.
Avatar Sat. 1/19/13 6:45pm Rob Weisberg:

Re: Golden Stag Festival - well, not exactly the same, but Zlatne Uste Brass Band, organizers of the festival have played at the Guča Trumpet Festival, also known as the Dragačevo Assembly, in Serbia
Avatar Sat. 1/19/13 6:49pm Rob Weisberg:

Well Cory, that was nothing - I once did an all jawharp show on FMU (with guest Lena Strayhorn) - - . FMU DJ Bryce (Friday afternoons) also plays a mean jaw harp - ask him sometime!
Avatar Sat. 1/19/13 6:56pm Cory:

lol, I guess the instrument just isn't for me! there's always that sweet violin.
Avatar Sat. 1/19/13 7:03pm doca:

great sets so far, greetings from brazil.
Avatar Sat. 1/19/13 7:12pm G:

boa noite, doca :)
Avatar Sat. 1/19/13 7:20pm glenn:

bryce can play anything, though.
Avatar Sat. 1/19/13 7:23pm Cory:

I have a friend like that. It is amazing and aggravating at the same time.
Avatar Sat. 1/19/13 7:39pm Cory:

Holy hell, that hall is beautiful! Can FMU teleport me?
Avatar    Sat. 1/19/13 7:47pm cklequ:

Really fun show tonight. Huzzah!
Avatar Sat. 1/19/13 7:59pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks cklequ!
Avatar Sat. 1/19/13 8:00pm Glenn L:

Avatar    Sat. 1/19/13 8:02pm cklequ:

Avatar Sat. 1/19/13 8:25pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks for delivering the sounds from the festival tonight. I'll have to come see it for myself one of these years.
Avatar Sat. 1/19/13 8:27pm G:

The Golden Fest from the Grand Prospect Hall! It made our dreams come true!

I imagine many NYers over 40 remember that ad running at 2-3AM in the 80s :)
Avatar Sat. 1/19/13 8:29pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks everyone and yes, you must watch the over-the-top ad for the over-the-top Grand Prospect Hall!
  Sat. 1/19/13 8:48pm nonoyabusiness:

I went last night - it was a TOTAL blast! I can't wait for next year! Sad I'm not there now! How come you don't broadcast the whole thing/! I'd be listening until 2 AM then!
Avatar Sat. 1/19/13 8:59pm Cory:

Great show!! thanks
  Sun. 1/20/13 11:28am Leah:

Did you record (if not broadcast) the music in the atrium? Wondering if I can re-hear that fantastic music anywhere. Vocal, mostly.
  Sun. 1/20/13 7:57pm Rob Weisberg:

To Leah - yes, we did record the Atrium performances (as well as performances at the other stages). Many of them will be posted in WFMU's Free Music Archive although I don't know yet by what date they will be posted.
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