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Attention!!! One of the Biggest Folk Festivals of the Year Is Coming Soon to Mansfield, MA: Enjoy Three Days of Some of New England’s Best Folk Musicians & Dancers At the NEFFA Festival (Friday, April 23rd – Sunday, April 25th)

Spring has sprung, and it is time once again for the New England Folk Festival Association (NEFFA) to hold their biggest event of the year. The New England Folk Festival is now celebrating it’s 66th year and has developed quite a following since it’s inception, attracting a huge crowd annually, some of which travel from as far as overseas to partake of the grand festivities. The scope of this event is international so, as you might expect, there will lots of world music from diverse regions of the globe to be heard Oh Boy! In addition to the music, attendees to this event will be treated to three days (4/23 – 4/25) of international dancing, craft shows, and ethnic cuisine, as well.

There are many interesting options available as far as your music enjoyment is concerned. Of course, you can just listen if you prefer, but some performances will involve participatory dancing (often with an instructor on hand) or audience singalongs. If you just happen to play an instrument yourself, you can bring it along and participate in one of the many jam sessions or workshops planned. There will be dance exhibitions as well, many of which will be performed in full ethnic costume. The craft show/bazaar  will feature home-made items for sale and how-to demonstrations by many of the artisans present, selling their wares. There will also be an “activity tent ” chucked full of opportunities for hands-on fun for all ages. If you are bringing the kids along, you can check-out the full schedule for family oriented events. Of course, all of this activity is bound to make you hungary! Satisfy your appetite at the food court area while, at the same time, sampling the many cuisines of the world. One of the greatest aspects of this mega-folk festival is that it goes on for so long that  even if you can’t make the whole thing, there is still ample opportunity to experience just a part of it, if that’s all your personal schedule will allow. Given the diversity of nationalities represented here and the variety of activities offered, it would definitely be worth anyone’s while to come and enjoy all of this fantastic ethnically oriented entertainment, whether it be for a few hours or all three glorious days.

I would like to mention here that all the performers at this event donate their time for free … and so can you. If you’re interested in volunteering, just check-out the listing of jobs on NEFFA’s festival web site. If you would like to further contribute to the local world music cause, beyond your attendance at the festival, you can actually become a member of the New England Folk Festival Association (NEFFA).






Event Details:

When: Friday, April 23rd – 7:00-11:30 p.m.

             (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

         Saturday, April 24th – 10:00 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

            (Doors open at 9:00 a.m.)

        Sunday, April 25th – 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

           (Doors open at 9:00 a.m.)

              Performance schedules / List of performers

Where: Mansfield High and Middle Schools

                  Overnight accommodations 

Tickets: Price listings

                     You can make purchases online or at the door

More Info: Contacts                           

April 8, 2010 at 3:34 pm Leave a comment

Treat Yourself to an Exotic Evening of Belly Dancing Entertainment and Fine Moroccan Cuisine @ the Kasbah Restaurant – Weekly Friday and Saturday Evenings

Watch a belly dance performance. 

If you’re in the mood for some live Arabic music accompanied by a belly dance show and fine authentic Moroccan cuisine, then head on over to the Kasbah Restaurant in Winthrop and satisfy all of those cravings. This Moroccan eatery and lounge hosts belly dance shows regularly on weekends, featuring either live Moroccan or Middle Eastern music. (see web site for details) And on occasion, its Greek Night at Kasbah which sounds interesting, but you’ll have to contact them for the details on this event.

One of the best features of enjoying an evening of fine world music and dance entertainment at the Kasbah Restaurant, is the opportunity to try some of the many tasty Moroccan dishes they have to offer. Tantalize your taste buds with an appetizer plate of roasted eggplant, homous, chakchouka, stuffed grape leaves, rice salad, carrots charmoula, and olives. For a main course you can feast upon their bestseller, Chicken Tangiers, consisting of sauteed chicken breast with dried apricots, figs, carrots, caramelized onions, and mushrooms in a semi-sweet sauce. And finally perhaps, top it all off with Moroccan crepes served with chocolate and honey. Hungary yet??? Well don’t stop here, go ahead and peruse the rest of their extensive,well-organized menu, complete with photos. Oh, and just in case you are inclined to go “beyond Moraccan” to satisfy your “food mood”, you can take note of the many tapas, open-faced omelets, sandwiches and other multi-cultural delights offered here in addition.

If you want a better idea of what a fabulous evening at the Kasbah Restaurant is really like then take a look at their photo gallery. This looks like an evening that is sure to please.


Event Details:

Restaurant hours: Daily – 5:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Featuring Weekly Belly Dance shows – Friday and Saturday evenings 

Directions: In the “Contacts” section on the web site 

More Info: 617-539-4484               


April 5, 2010 at 4:43 pm Leave a comment

Learn How To Move To One of the Hottest Forms of Pop Music Ever To Come Out of India: Dance with Boston Bhangra – Weekly Saturday Afternoons (12:30 – 2:00 p.m.)

Watch Bhangra dance instruction demonstration.

Bhangra music, also referred to as Punjabi, comes from the Punjab region of India and has taken the US by storm! I, myself, am a part of this fad as it is one of the first genres of world music which, upon hearing it for the first time, invoked a huge amount of passion within me. I distinctly remember the cashier’s excitement as I was purchasing my first cd (Rough Guide to Bhangra Dance). She was relating to me about how much fun Bhangra dancing was, as she had just had a few lessons herself.

While Punjabi can be somewhat varied in style from one song to the next, it more often than not carries a very strong beat giving it a real energetic character which carries on into the dance that accompanies it. Now you can try out this exciting dance form yourself with a few lessons from none other than Boston Bhangra, one of North America’s premier dance troupes. Learn from the experts while you not only pickup a new and interesting social skill, but also get a great workout, have loads of fun, and, of course, get to hear lots and lots of great music in the process. Even though class sessions promise to be saturated with highly aerobic activity, there is no recommended age limit for prospective students and no dance experience is necessary. They do, however, urge you to bring along a towel and some water. So, what are you doing next Saturday afternoon? Why not go dancing with Boston Bhangra and who knows, just maybe like me, you’ll soon be hooked on Punjabi! 

Event Details:

When: (Weekly) Saturday – 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. 

Where: Inner Space

Fees: $15.00 (per session) – walk-ins

              $12.00 (per session) – series of 10 pre-paid lessons

More Info: 617 – 448 – 2508 OR Visit the web site under classes

(Area Restaurants)      


April 2, 2010 at 1:10 am Leave a comment

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