08 September 2011

Festival of Gypsies!

[Read to the end for a chance to win tickets to the 7th New York Gypsy Festival!]

The summer weather is peaking here in the Pacific Northwest, but that doesn't mean part of me doesn't want to be in New York right tomorrow for the opening of the New York Gypsy Festival. Check out the schedule:

Friday, September 9 at 8pm
Festival Opening Night Circus Swing featuring
Gabby Young and Other Animals from the UK

Saturday, September 10 at 8pm
Klezmer, Hip-Hop & Folktronica featuring
SoCalled from Canada

Thursday, September 15 at 8pm
A Night of Tarantella Rhythms & Dance featuring
Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino from Italy
* US Debut *
with special guest Alessandra Belloni

Friday, September 16 at 8pm
Flamenco Funk & Gypsy Polka featuring
Caramelo & Freak Fandango Orchestra from Spain

Saturday, September 17 at 8pm
Balkan Klezmer & Russian Tangos featuring
Roger Davidson and Frank London Klezmer Orchestra
+ The Klezmer Brass All-Stars

Saturday, September 24 at 8pm
Balkan Brass Night featuring
Zlatne Uste Brass Band and Raya Brass Band

Sunday, September 25 at 8pm
Balkan Blues & Roots featuring
Csaba Toth Bagi from Hungary/Serbia

Thursday, September 29 at 8pm
Indie-Pop meets Eastern Folk featuring
A Hawk and A Hacksaw, Dark Dark Dark and Pillars And Tongues


Freak Fandango Orchestra? You know you want to check them out. And despite the disappointment of Esma Redzepova dropping out due to visa problems, I wouldn't have any problem dancing all night to Zlatne Uste Brass Band. Raya Brass Band I don't know, but would gladly investigate. And the unique musical stylings of SoCalled are always worth a listen. Click the links above for video samples of the bands. And here's what the festival organizers say:

Over the last seven years the infamous festival's reputation has grown to one of national prominence. That which defines the Gypsy diaspora, tenacity, vivaciousness, variety and spirit, in turn defines our entire festival.
In preparation for the epic 7th edition of the New York Gypsy Festival we have lined up 15 headliners for the "loudest and proudest" festival New York has to offer. From klezmer hip-hop to flamenco funk, Balkan jazz & blues to indie-pop there is a little something for everyone on this year’s menu.

WIN A FESTIVAL PASS!
Wanna go? The generous festival folks may have a festival pass with your name on it. To enter, be the first person to answer the question: What is the name of SoCalled's first album?

Email your answer to SoundRootsBlog at gmail dot com, with the subject line "contest" (no quotes). The winner will be notified by email, and will be the envy of all of us unable to get to the festival this year.

Hurry... the festival starts tonight!


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