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Saturday, January 16, 2016 Options
Live from the Golden Festival

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Select videos from Golden Fest 2014 (thanks to Noel Kropf )

It's our eighth 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 - see the full schedule here. But the bands playing at the Grand Ballroom during the broadcast are:

6:00 pm: Cocek Nation: A stellar ensemble of young musicians, born at the EEFC Balkan Camp, ages 10 to 30, who play together with joy and incredible focus.

6:30 pm: Balkan Fields: Balkan Fields, from New England, led by accordionist Melinda Fields, features instrumentals from the Bulgarian, Serbian, Albanian and Romanian traditions. Fields has studied Balkan-style accordion with the legendary Bulgarian accordionist Ivan Milev, and includes in today’s program several tunes by Milev and bassist Mel Fitzhugh.

7:00 pm: Choban Elektrik: Psychedelic electric Albanian, Macedonian, Roma and Greek.

7:30 pm: Harris Brothers Balkan Band: Brassy. Traditional and contemporary. Slavic and Rom dance music, up close and personal. The HBBB bring charisma and joy to every performance.

8:00 pm: Black Masala: From Washington DC, part of a new generation of go-anywhere brass bands, infectious grooves result in a dance. party.

8:30 pm: Merita Halili, Raif Hyseni and Musicians from Montclair State University: Featuring star Albanian singer Merita Halili with her husband Raif on accordion.

Big thanks to Golden Festival founders and organizers the Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band and the Eastern European Folklife Center and the festival committee including Noel Kropf, Quinn Zannoni and Emerson Hawley; the festival tech crew led by Alison Goessling and Charlie Pilzer; WFMU co-host and tech guru Irene Trudel; and to the rest of our illustrious crew:

Cheyenne Hohman
David Satkowski
Helen Hurwitz
Ian Aflano
Jackson Schad
Jason Sigal
Jon Flores
Justin Colletti
Katie Gentile
Kim Howie
Mark Koch
Mary Wing (Board Op)
Rob Christiansen
Serge Zbrizher
Sylvia Naples
Tamar Rothenberg
Wayne Tvedt

This Week's Playlist:

Čoček Nation: Live from the Golden Festival Options (0:00:00 )

Balkan Fields: Live from the Golden Festival Options (0:29:08 )

Choban Elektrik: Live from the Golden Festival Options (0:58:41 )

Harris Brothers: Live from the Golden Festival Options (1:30:55 )

Black Masala: Live from the Golden Festival Options (1:59:28 )

Gadulka and Davul: Live from the Golden Festival Options (2:34:01 )

Merita Halili and Raif Hyseni and Raif's students from Montclair State: Live from the Golden Festival Options (2:48:42 )

Listener comments!

Avatar    Sat. 1/16/16 6:03pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob! (Please check: No sound on right channel!)
  Sat. 1/16/16 6:04pm Mary Wing:

Fixed now! :-)
Avatar    Sat. 1/16/16 6:05pm Bas NL:

Good work! Glorious full stereo!
Avatar    Sat. 1/16/16 6:05pm Rob W:

Thanks Bas and Mary!
  Sat. 1/16/16 6:11pm goat friend:

I'm so happy to be catching this right now!
Avatar    Sat. 1/16/16 6:14pm Bas NL:

Fantastic sounds! A good and warm cooling down after a brilliant live concert by BKO Quintet i just attended..
Avatar    Sat. 1/16/16 6:22pm Rob W:

We have yet to see BKO Quintet here in NY - their recent CD sounds great. We're at a different point of the musical spectrum here at Grand Prospect Hall...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 1/16/16 6:31pm Greg from ZONE 5:

Sounds great, Rob—big up all the volunteers!
Avatar    Sat. 1/16/16 6:33pm Rob W:

Thank Greg!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/16/16 6:35pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63: *is* nice Stereo!...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/16/16 6:50pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...Balkan groove is kewl as hell...
Avatar    Sat. 1/16/16 6:57pm Bas NL:

Yay to Balkan Fields! Beautiful melodies!
Avatar    Sat. 1/16/16 7:24pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Hi Rob! This is so cool!
  Sat. 1/16/16 7:27pm Irene:

Glad you like the way it all sounds. Mixing my heart out, and thanks a lot to our crew for getting us all set up! Shouting out to Rob C, Mark, Ian, Justin, Dave, Katie, Alison and Charlie, to name a few.
Avatar    Sat. 1/16/16 7:29pm Bas NL:

Awesome job Irene and all there!
  Sat. 1/16/16 7:30pm Irene:

Thanks Bas!
Avatar    Sat. 1/16/16 7:32pm Bas NL:

And nice sounds Choban Elektrik!
  Sat. 1/16/16 7:49pm P George:

Thanks Rob! Harris Bros on live stream sounds great.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 1/16/16 8:27pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Great show, like it is every year. Thanks, Rob and crew.
  Sat. 1/16/16 8:40pm jon:

this has been great. irenes mix sounds amazing
Avatar Sat. 1/16/16 8:45pm northguineahills:

Is there still cover at the door? I can't find info on the home page for the golden fest. Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 1/16/16 9:00pm Ken From Hyde Park:

@ngh - Maybe you'll need to call them. Do they list a phone number?
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