Taraf de Akácfa is a band based in Budapest, who met as traveling street musicians in Hungary. They’ll be playing for a dance at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 7pm. Hailing from Sweden, France, the SF Bay Area. as well as Hungary, they’ve learned traditional folk tunes and songs from some of the finest Roma musicians, and have added their own energetic spin on arrangements of Balkan, Gypsy, and Transylvanian dance music. The band currently includes Johannes Olsson (accordion), Lulu de la Rue (violin), Valentin Desmarais (double bass), Isaac Misri (guitar), and Ferenc Zimbar (cimbalom). Bring your opanke (Balkan dance shoes!), boots and sneakers and be ready to dance up a storm to celebrate the ides of March.
From the soggy town of Seattle comes Pasatempo, a band specializing in old-style music from the Greek underworld, known as “Rebetika” along with other music from the Balkans. They’ll be in concert at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA on Thursday, July 19th, 2012 at 7:30pm. Led by the husband and wife team of Christos Govetas (vocals, bouzouki and baglama) and Ruth Hunter (vocals, accordion and former member of the Santa Cruz Balkan band Medna Usta) the ensemble also includes Dave Bartley (guitar), Hank Bradley (“The Poison Coyote Kid” on bouzouki), Steve Ramsay (baglama) and Bill Lanphier (double bass) for that wall of emotional sound reflecting the full gamut of sorrow and joy.