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Spend an Evening with Skordalia and See What a Taste of “Zesty” Greek Music is All About: April 9th, Saturday (7:00 – 9:30 p.m.)

Listen to Skordalia.

Skordalia is a five piece Greek ensemble specializing in the lively and highly danceable traditional music of the Greek Islands and Asia Minor. The band is named after a “zesty” garlic dipping sauce which they feel highly characterizes the true nature of their music. Much of their performance repertoire is Mytilineika, a traditional genre from the island of Mytilene, which has always been highly popular with first generation Greek Americans. It is a blend of the native music of the area and the Smyrneika genre which originates from the once thriving, but now extinct, ancient city of Smyrna  located in Asia Minor. Smyrneika is heavily influenced by a number of cultures including, Greek, Armenian, Jewish, Turkish, and Western, thus indicative of the cosmopolitan nature of the urban population which resided in this city. In addition, Mytilineika  also displays elements of the native music of Constantinople, Aivali, Pergamun, the Thracian Coast and its surrounding islands, as well as other regions of the West. These additional cultural influences came about due to a number of sociological factors, including nomadic life-styles and immigration. Wow! With all of these diverse cultures adding their own special ingredients to the mix, this music should sound pretty interesting indeed! And that’s not all folks … Skordalia will also entertain you with some dimotika, rembetika, and dance music from the Aegean and Greek mainlands.        

The band’s membership includes Dean Lampros, sandouri, Joe Teja, outi and guitar, Mike Davis, hand drums (doumbek, Armenian dhol, tar, bendir, riqq), Ken Hiatt, accordion, and Elizabeth Kereakoglow, violin. If you’re one that likes to actually physically move with the music then Hashish,  Heartache, and Homeland: a Night of Rembetika is the show for you. The atmosphere at the Lilypad is real laid back and informal so you’ll feel right at home doing your own thing, and Skordalia will have you movin’ and groovin’ to the music Greek-style in no time!

 

Event Details:

When: April 9th, Saturday (7:00 – 9:30 p.m.)

Where: The Lilypad (Inman Square)

Tickets: $10.oo (At the door only)

More Info: skordalia@zestygreekmusic.com

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March 23, 2011 at 5:01 pm Leave a comment

Join Ethiopian Superstar Mahmoud Ahmed and Boston’s Own Either/Orchestra for a Superb Evening of Jazz Fusion: March 24th, Thursday @ 7:30 or 10:00 p.m.

Watch Mahmoud Ahmed perform with  the Either/Orchestra.

Mahmoud Ahmed is literally the most popular singer currently performing in Ethiopia today. Now, here’s your chance to experience this great artist up close at the Regattabar in the Charles Hotel. He will be bringing you the sounds of world fusion, a mixture of Ethiopian, jazz, and Afro-Cuban genres, accompanied by Grammy nominees the Either/Orchestra who will be adding their own additional special touches to the mix . Although Ahmed frequently performs with this local Boston ensemble, it is only the 3rd time they will be appearing together in the US and we are fortunate enough to have it happening right here in Boston, Massachusetts!

Coming from the humble beginnings of a shoe shine boy, Mahmoud Ahmed eventually found his career in music performing, at first, as a substitute artist with the popular Ethiopian ensemble, the Imperial Body Guard Band. He proved to be such a smashing success that he soon became a permanent group member as their lead singer. He then managed to continue to rise in national popularity, appearing with the country’s top artists, despite the Ethiopian governments attempts to suppress the performance of popular music in general within the country. Then in the early 80’s he went on tour in the US and was heavily endeared by the Ehtiopian diaspora community there. In 1986 his international stardom among this diaspora took hold in Europe as well, with the release of a number of his recordings on the Belgian Crammed Discs label. In 2007 Ahemd won a highly coveted BBC World Music Award despite heavy competition from the like of Ali Farka Toure, Bongo Maffin, and Toumani Diabate. 

The Either/Orchestra (E/O), founded in 1985 by Grammy Award winner saxophonist and composer Russ Gershon, has had and continues to have a number of opportunities to perform with some of Ethiopa’s greatest music stars. This ten piece ensemble has toured heavily on a national and international basis and has released no less than seven cds. Their particular style of highly danceable jazz, which is a characteristic blend of African, Latin, American, and Caribbean influences, is not only highly original but also ever evolving, and presented with a lot of emotion. Since 1997, the group has been presenting their own original jazz versions of Ethiopian compositions and were the very first American ensemble ever invited to actually travel to Ethiopia to perform in a national music festival. You can support this very popular Boston-based ensemble in their latest of such overseas endeavors, a collaborative effort with Nerses Nalbandian, at Kickstart.com.  At any rate, if you can make it out to the Regattabar for this very special concert, you will not only be highly entertained by the collaborative efforts of these highly accomplished artists, but also afforded the rare opportunity to enjoy this great music in a small, intimate club atmosphere.

 

 

Event Details:

When: March 24th, Thursday @ 7:39 & 10:00 p.m.

Where: Regattabar (Harvard Square)

Tickets: 7:30 show ($30.00) / 10:00 sh0w ($25.00)

                     Purchase online by visitng the calendar.

More Info: 617-395-7757

(Area Restaurants)

                 

March 16, 2011 at 7:18 pm Leave a comment

Experience the Great Irish Famine through the Artistically Unique Perspective of the Falling Flight Project Dance Theater: Thursday, March 17th @ 8:00 p.m.

Watch the Falling Flight Project.

The Falling Flight Project dance company  brings intense drama to the stage with their production of Ghosts of the White Ship: the Irish Famine. This is a condensed performance of the original show staged in 2010.  Experience the retelling of this historic event as never before via artistic director Karen Murphy-Fitch’s emotionally charged choreography which presents a superb blend of artistic virtuosity, artful story-telling, social and human awareness, edgy humor, and thought-provoking philosophical overtones. That’s right, this event is not meant to be an evening of light-hearted entertainment by any means, but promises to be intriguing nonetheless. Still, through it all, it remains a chief goal of the choreographer to ensure that the audience is sufficiently entertained, but at the same time remains keenly focused on the underlying social messages being communicated throughout the performance. And the Celtic music which accompanies this intense contemporary dance drama? Trust me if you attend the show your ears will be treated to nothing but the best! Thanks to Kevin Burke, Cal Scott, Emerald Rae, Martin Hayes, Les Charbonniers De L’Enfer, Shooglenifty, Saint Patrick Boy’s, Mary Jane Lamond, Lunasa, Ashley MacIsaac, Talitha MacKenzie, and Steve Martin. (that’s right, the big-name actor/comedian is an accomplished musician as well) 

The Falling Flight Project founded in 1997 by Murphy-Fitch, is a small company of eight members plus additional guest artists. Her choreography is designed to emphasize the unique skills of each individual dancer, yet she still characterizes each work as a display of company teamwork, as well. She is steadfast in her mission to employ her dance company as an artistic vehicle to promote social awareness among its various audiences. Furthermore, she has engaged Falling Flight Project in numerous educational outreach endeavors within the local community in hopes of strengthening an attitude of general concern and caring for others with respect to any societal hardships local citizens be facing. So, if you do attend this special performance, be prepared not only to be highly entertained both musically and visually, but also philosophically stimulated by this truly inspired dramatic rendition of the Great Irish Famine. 

 
 
 

 

Event Details:

When: March 17th, Thursday @ 8:00 p.m.

Where: Multicultural Arts Center (East Cambridge)

Tickets: $25.00 (General) / $20.00 (Multicultural Arts Center and BDA members, seniors, and students with ID)

More Info: 617-577-1400 OR Visit cmacusa.org (For tickets)

(Area Restaurants)   

March 12, 2011 at 1:45 am Leave a comment

Enjoy Weekly Salsa Dance Parties Two Nights in a Row @ the Havana Club!!!: Every Friday and Saturday Night

Whenever you’re in the mood for some Salsa dancing fun to go along with your Latin music entertainment, just head on over to Havana Club in Cambridge’s Central Square where you can enjoy not one but two nights of dj hosted dance party action, well into the wee hours of the morning!!! Start your fun-filled evening off with a beginning or intermediate level dance lesson compliments of Salsa Y Control, who will also be presenting professional dance exhibitions throughout the night. They’ll surely show you just how  far your dancing can go, with a little bit of practice of course! Then try out your hot new moves on the dance floor for the rest of the evening. 

Havana Club features a state-of-the-art nightclub atmosphere complete with festive lighting, a high-tech sound system, and heightened stage to accommodate special performances. Refreshments are served at the full cash bar. And for your added convenience, the facilities are located near-by to ample parking and public transportation. They’ll even reserve tables for parties of 8 or more, so why not bring along the whole gang! Visit the web site and sign up for their online newsletter so that you can stay informed, then … join 300 or more enthusiastic salsa fans at Havana Club for an evening of premier dance party entertainment. Remember, no partner necessary and beginners are always welcome!

Event Details:

21+ only

When: Friday & Saturday evenings (9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.)

                 Lessons: 9:00 – 10:00 p.m.

                 Dance Party: 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Where: 288 Green Street (Central Square – Scroll down page for directions)

Admission: $12.00

More Info: 617-312-5550 / Jeff@HavanaClubSalsa.com

(Area Restaurants)         

March 2, 2011 at 2:35 am Leave a comment


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