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Saturday, January 18, 2014 Options
Live from the Golden Festival

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West Philadelphia Orchestra at Golden Fest 2012

It's our sixth annual live broadcast from Brooklyn's legendary Balkan and East European music and dance blowout! Golden Fest is a massive two night gathering of musicians, folk dance enthusiasts and fans held at the spectacular Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn's South Slope.

It's a two night affair - tonight is the second night - at the spectacular Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave, South Slope, 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:

6:00 pm: Čoček Nation: Youth ensemble originating at the East Coast Balkan Music & Dance Workshops (, plays mixed Balkan repertoire. Superstars of the future! Featuring Ella Fine, Elizabeth Dargie, Stacey Anne Sternberg, Aaron Kisslinger, Robby Jenkins, Felicia Goldberg, Sophie Kropf, Peter Sieck, Zuvuya Talley, Arianna Harris, Becki Marcus, Joseph Benomar, Don Godwin, Emily Geller, Sarah Ferholt, Kat Harris, Dalia Kropf, Nathan Wolman, Katy Tanzer, Jesse Sheare.

6:30 pm: Mary and Bill: Greek and Macedonian via California featuring Mary Farris, Bill Cope, Polly Ferber

6:45 pm: Rakiya: Electric Rom via Boston featuring Dean Brown, Heather Lee, Colin Ferguson, Alan Mattes, Tim McNerney, Grant Smith

7:20 pm: Tipsy Oxcart: Electric, sweaty, bumpin’ Balkan music, channeling the spirit of 36 hour weddings to keep the crowds dancing. Originals and fresh, upbeat arrangements of urban dance tunes. Featuring Jeremy Bloom, Connell Thompson, Maya Shanker, Ayal Tsubery, Dani Danor

7:45 pm: Gogofski: Real Balkan. Heavily Macedonian. Lesno, chocek, devetorka, beranche, pajdushko, pravo. Featuring Kasia Sokalla, David Golber, Ken Hiatt, Henry Goldberg

8:20 pm: Merita Halili and Raif Hyseni Orchestra Traditional music from Albania and Kosovo. Featuring: Merita Halili, Raif Hyseni, Adrian Arsllani, Jessie Kotansky, Michael Ginsburg, Sevim Umer, Mirgjen Darova

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

Mark Koch
Rob Christiansen
Andrea Silenzi
Ben Gottesman
Bryan Koniarz
Caryn Havlik
David Satkowski
Jason Sigal
Justin Colletti
Kim Howie
Tom Pryor
Katie Gentile
And on the board at WFMU: Jeff Mullan
Special thanks to Paul Bruno and Katie Raffa

This Week's Playlist:

Cocek Nation: Live from Golden Fest 2014 Options (0:00:00 )

Mary and Bill: Live from Golden Fest 2014 Options (0:46:09 )

Rakiya: Live from Golden Fest 2014 Options (0:57:40 )

Tipsy Oxcart: Live from Golden Fest 2014 Options (1:32:04 )

Gogofski: Live from Golden Fest 2014 Options (1:52:07 )

Merita Halili and Raif Hyseni: Live from Golden Fest 2014 Options (2:30:40 )

Listener comments!

Avatar Sat. 1/18/14 6:08pm Nigh:

Would not miss this for the world!
Avatar Sat. 1/18/14 6:09pm Nigh:

Would not miss this for the world!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/18/14 6:10pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...not to say - yerknow - 'World' (capital W)...
Avatar Sat. 1/18/14 6:11pm Rob W:

Good evening from Grand Prospect Hall everyone, thanks for tuning in!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/18/14 6:12pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- Thx for bringing the Live once again FMU, Rob, All !
Avatar Sat. 1/18/14 6:54pm glenn:

hey, jamaica qualified for two man bobsleigh. go go gadget ganja!
  Sat. 1/18/14 7:40pm marc:

Remote problems?
Avatar Sat. 1/18/14 7:40pm Rob W:

Personally I"m pulling for Shiva Keshavan (India) in luge...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/18/14 7:42pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Must remember!
Avatar Sat. 1/18/14 7:42pm Rob W:

Marc, evidence of some drop-outs on our end; we'll see what we can do if they persist - thanks for the heads-up...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/18/14 8:06pm Ken From Hyde Park:

When the cut-outs happen (every few minutes), some slide guitar music comes on.
Avatar Sat. 1/18/14 8:09pm Nigh:

Looks like the slide guitar guy is trying to steal the show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/18/14 8:11pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...very nice Hawaiian slide - if a bit incongruous...guess technical difficulties proves it's real !...
  Sat. 1/18/14 8:12pm Alan:

Morning all, this sounds interesting.
Avatar Sat. 1/18/14 8:14pm Rob W:

Good morning Alan! (In Australia - ? NZ - ? Japan - ?)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/18/14 8:20pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...oh - slide player was kinda Swingin' that time - he got chops alright, but I wish he'd wait his turn : )
...Wow - must be amazing to be right there w/ this vocalist & ensemble !...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/18/14 8:31pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...wheh - I think Gogofski drank their Red Bull !...
  Sat. 1/18/14 8:37pm Alan:

London England
  Sat. 1/18/14 8:38pm Alan:

see what you mean about the sliding guitar
  Sat. 1/18/14 8:39pm Carmichael:

Tuning in from California, Rob. I love this woman's voice!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/18/14 8:40pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- This is Merita Halili and Raif Hyseni's 1st number right now ? Love the melody & the weaving of the two voices too...
Avatar Sat. 1/18/14 8:43pm Rob W:

Merita and Raif have been on for a bit - I was slow on the tirgger with the playlist!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/18/14 8:44pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- okay ! - Thx for clarification - sure you have your hands full - these guys are great !!...
  Sat. 1/18/14 8:47pm Carmichael:

Just got a slack key interlude for a sec. Bad stream?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/18/14 8:50pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- unfortunately Carmichael, been going on the whole show (read above)...
  Sat. 1/18/14 8:55pm Carmichael:

Ok cool. Thought it might be an acid flashback, so I panicked.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/18/14 8:57pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...Timmy Leary said the return trips were free - I never knew what anybody was talking about ; ) ...
Avatar Sat. 1/18/14 8:58pm Rob W:

Apologies for all the drop-outs - our hookup was better in past years. We'll swap in clean audio for the archive sometime soon.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/18/14 9:02pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...stuff happens on expeditions...this is a very happening performance...
  Mon. 1/20/14 6:53pm Mitten John:

Thanks for repairing the archive, Rob. I listened to the whole show live, too--reminded me a bit of a play I saw years ago, 'Copenhagen', which would progress for a while then go back to the beginning and progress again, but in a different way. Good play, and good radio in my book!
  Fri. 1/24/14 3:41pm mkb:

Thanks for the link. It'll help thaw out some very cold dancers in Maine this weekend!
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