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Options January 18, 2020:

Live from the Golden Fest - Brooklyn's Spectacular Balkan Bacchanal

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

It's our twelfth 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.

The festival kicks off with a multi-band dance party on Friday night (Jan 17). Then for the big event some sixty bands performed on five stages from 6 pm until the wee hours. We bring you Saturday night's early action live from the Grand Ballroom, center stage of this fabulous Balkan-inspired bacchanal.

Massive thanks to our illustrious engineer and tech director Irene Trudel and our volunteer crew:

Caryn Havlik
Gaylord Fields
Gil Shuster
Ilana Goldin
James Kogan
Jason Sigal
Jeremy Bloom
Jim the Poet
Jon Flores
Katie Gentile
Marcus Acosta
Micah Loewinger

Artist Track Approx. start time
Mlado Selo  Live from Golden Fest 2020   Options  
Romashka  Live from Golden Fest 2020   Options 0:35:38 (Pop‑up)
Orchester Praževica  Live from Golden Fest 2020   Options 1:05:32 (Pop‑up)
Slavic Soul Party  Live from Golden Fest 2020   Options 1:38:04 (Pop‑up)
Elem All Stars  Live from Golden Fest 2020   Options 2:13:44 (Pop‑up)
Mames Babegenush  Live from Golden Fest 2020   Options 2:51:54 (Pop‑up)

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National Immigration Law Center: Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.

National Immigration Forum: The National Immigration Forum is one of the leading immigrant advocacy organizations in the country, with a mission to advocate for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.

New York Immigration Coalition: The New York Immigration Coalition aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all. The NYIC promotes immigrants’ full civic participation, fosters their leadership, and provides a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.

Arab American Family Support Center (New York City): The Arab-American Family Support Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-sectarian organization that provides culturally and linguistically sensitive services to immigrant communities throughout New York City.

Action NYC: ActionNYC connects New Yorkers to free, safe immigration legal help. You can make an appointment to learn your immigration legal options and get immigration application assistance. There are ActionNYC sites in all five boroughs. Appointments are required. Your appointment will be in your language.

Immigration Equality is the leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization in the country. It provide s advice and legal services to thousands of LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants seeking refuge, fair treatment, and freedom in the United States. The work is truly lifesaving because there are nearly 80 countries around the world where it is a crime to be LGBTQ, with consequences up to and including the death penalty. For this reason, Immigration Equality fights to obtain asylum in the United States for LGBTQ and HIV-positive refugees - with a remarkable 99% win rate.

International Refugee Assistance Project: The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid and systemic policy advocacy, IRAP serves the world’s most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders.

International Rescue Committee: The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND): KIND serves as the leading organization for the protection of children who enter the US immigration system alone and strives to ensure that no such child appears in immigration court without representation. We achieve fundamental fairness through high-quality legal representation and by advancing the child's best interests, safety and well-being.

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF): AALDEF is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans by combining litigation, advocacy, education, and community organizing. Issues / focus include immigrant rights, civic participation and voting rights, economic justice for workers, language access to services, educational equity, housing and environmental justice, and the elimination of anti-Asian violence, police misconduct, and human trafficking.

Make the Road New York (MRNY): MRNY builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services.

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:01pm chresti:

Hello sound paradise!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:02pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob, Irene and crew!
  6:02pm queems:

hi rob & irene & all!!! i finally made it out to the golden fest last night!! it was fantastic!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:04pm Handy Haversack:

Another year, another failure to attend for us. Got another gig to go to in a little bit here, but it sure sounds good!
  6:07pm queems:

@handy i’d been meaning to go for 5 years. it was definitely something
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:08pm full metal monkey:

Hi Rob and everyone out there. This sounds great.
Avatar 6:10pm dale:

is this like the touring group from the doc 'gypsy caravan?'
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:11pm Rob W:

These are VERY little kids playing right now!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:14pm Rob W:

But to Dale's question - er, not exactly! They're kids who learned to play East European music this past August in an annual summer folk dance / music camp held in the Catskills, upstate NY - eefc.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:14pm Handy Haversack:

YOu give us hope, @queems!
Avatar 6:15pm dale:

so these are all local-ish people.
Avatar 6:16pm slugluv1313:

hiya Rob and everyone!
what fun on a snowy Winter night!!!
& yup! same here, been dying to attend myself for years! but either had to work, or was broke :(
these little kids are FANTASTIC!!!!
Avatar 6:16pm Jim the Poet:

Sounds great, Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:16pm Mr. Pumpy:

Hi, Rob. Loving the live vibes. Thank you!
  6:16pm queems:

imagine learning how to play music 5 months ago and then playing in front of a crowd this large. and also being a child
Avatar 6:17pm dale:

i lived so close to there for 14 years. and to me it was just a cheesy wedding venue commercial on late night tv.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:18pm Mr. Pumpy:

I'm loving the lumbering tempo of this song. It, along with the rhythm and melody, is making the song seem like it's on stilts. At least that's the way I see it. It is holding on...never falling down, even as it threatens to. Oh...it's over.
  6:18pm queems:

i used to live a couple blocks away from grand prospect hall, and last night was my first time going inside. it’s surprisingly beautiful, in a liberace kind of way
Avatar 6:19pm slugluv1313:

right, queems?
i mean, i remember ballet recitals when i was a kid -- but nothing like this!
@ dale -- EXACTLY! that is the appeal, SO over-the-top cheesey that you wanna get hitched *just* so you can have your wedding reception there!
Avatar 6:20pm dale:

this makes me think that every school band in america should add alcohol and dancing. things hit a rhythm that way.

slugluv - the place had a certain appeal.
  6:21pm queems:

@slugluv EXACTLY i walked in there last night and said to my bf “uhh i want to have my wedding here” and i don’t even want to have a wedding
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:23pm Bas NL:

I'm really impressed by the level of these kids!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:24pm Handy Haversack:

Heh, that's excellent, @queems.

Kate's warming up her voice at the other end of the apt., which makes for a wild addition to Mlado Selo.
Avatar 6:25pm dale:

queems. my gf and i went to city hall one day for a license. one morning the next week i said 'wanna go to city hall and get married today?' and that was the extent of it. we had a party a couple of weeks later at a bar in the east village. it was enough pomp for us.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:26pm queems:

@dale that sounds like exactly my speed
Avatar 6:28pm slugluv1313:

@ queems -- haha! yes, same here!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:29pm queems:

but also i want to be surrounded by kids playing tubas in a giant gaudy event hall
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:29pm queems:

tuba me into matrimony
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:30pm adampsyche:

Catskills checking in
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:31pm Handy Haversack:

"I oompah doompah."
Avatar 6:32pm dale:

queems - wasn't there a school on eastern parkway? i bet they have a junior high band.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:32pm queems:

lololol @handy
Avatar 6:32pm slugluv1313:

@ queems -- YES!
(and this is coming from one who attended countless Hungarian and Polish weddings and receptions as a kid!!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:33pm Handy Haversack:

We're off for Kate's gig. Rob W, thanks for doing this! Will catch up on the archive later. Have a good night, @queems and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:34pm queems:

@handy enjoy! @dale LOL probably.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:47pm Smilty69:

Wonderful show, Rob! Thanks to all the WFMU crew!
Avatar 6:48pm slugluv1313:

@ handy -- have a great night!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:48pm listener 126464:

Please observe the roads!
  6:49pm Carmichael:

Heya Rob, Irene and all y’all.
Avatar 6:58pm Jim the Poet:

Rob when you get a chance do a station ID
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:10pm Rob W:

Thanks Jim - I think Irene covered the ID!
Avatar 7:12pm Marc Francis:

Loving the music! The sound? Not so much. Any chance of fixing that? I know it's live but it sounds pretty rough compared to previous years.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:18pm Rob W:

If there's something specific you're hearing I can convey it but on a general level nothing seems to me that much different from the past...
Avatar 7:22pm Jim the Poet:

Vocals for this band a little overmodulated. Overall sound of this band is a little tinny.
Avatar 7:24pm Jim the Poet:

This song sounds a little better
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:29pm Smilty69:

Live feed sounds good.
  7:31pm Carmichael:

Everyone’s a critic.
Avatar 7:31pm Jim the Poet:

I liked that show The Critic with Jon Lovitz
Avatar 7:33pm Marc Francis:

@Carmichael: Sorry for caring about the sound.
Avatar 7:35pm Jim the Poet:

No, Marc, I think you were right. But it sounds better now, yes?
Avatar 7:37pm Marc Francis:

@Jim the Poet:
It does! We've turned it back up!
Avatar 7:37pm Jim the Poet:

OK cool.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:09pm Webhamster Henry:

Hi Gaylord!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:11pm chresti:

Golden Gaylord Set!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:14pm chresti:

Is there a live video feed?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:15pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Enjoying the festivities tonight.
  8:21pm Gaylord Fields:

Hi, Henry, other friends! Having a great time; forgive brevity, but too much great music.
Avatar 8:21pm Jim the Poet:

Hey Gaylord
  8:23pm brevity:

what did i do
Avatar 8:26pm Jim the Poet:

don't worry he forgives you
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:26pm chresti:

I heard some Danse Macabre earlier
  8:26pm Carmichael:

This is 2020, no one can joke. We have to be angry.
Avatar 8:26pm Jim the Poet:

  8:27pm Carmichael:

That’s the spirit.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:27pm chresti:

Okay let's be serious.
Avatar 8:27pm Jim the Poet:

It's hard to be angry with this music
  8:29pm brevity:

music good thank you jim
  8:40pm Carmichael:

Seriously, this is fun.
Avatar 8:43pm Jim the Poet:

Great show, Rob!
  8:55pm Carmichael:

Thanks Rob, artists and even Jim!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:56pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Zats, the end has come too quickly. Thanks, Rob and team.
Avatar 8:59pm Marc Francis:

Thanks Rob!!! That was lovely!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:00pm Smilty69:

Loved the show! Thanks Rob and Jim!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:00pm Rob W:

Thanks everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:00pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob and crew! Great covering of the fest!
Avatar 9:08pm slugluv1313:

what a fantastic show! thanks again, Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:11pm chresti:

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