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Celebrate the Spirit of Greece,Turkey and the Balkans with Authentic Live Music and Tasty Cuisine @ The Sabur Restaurant & Lounge: Saturday Evenings (Starting 9:00 p.m.)
I’m forever searching for local eating establishments in and around the Boston area that offer live ethnic music to go along with their fine cuisine. It’s these multi-dimensional experiences with world music that stand out as rather special in my book. Well, I’ve located what looks to be a real gem in this regard, conveniently located no less, right near Davis Square (Somerville). The folks at the Sabur Restaurant & Lounge serve up authentic cuisine from a number of Mediterranean regions including Italy, Greece, Southern France, North Africa, the Balkans, and elsewhere. In addition, on each and every weekend, they step things up a bit with their Kafina Saturdays. Lucky diners can enjoy live world music from Greece, Turkey and the Balkan nations along with their meal. So actually, the ethnic atmosphere here is not only multi-dimensional but multi-cultural as well. In addition here at the Sabur, they pay attention to every little last detail of authenticity, right down to the house decor! Take a look at the positive comments of food critics from The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix , Phantom Gourmet and other local publications. And then? Why not take a little trip to the Mediterranean without ever having to leave Boston at all.
Menu (Full version)
What intrigues me the most with respect to Sabur’s Mediterranean-inspired cuisine is the complex variety of flavors present in many of their individual offerings. Menu selections include Chardonnay carrot lentil soup, Seared sea scallops with crab polenta cakes, asparagus, moscato, and truffle butter sauce, Slow roasted beet risotto with wild forest mushrooms, parmesan, roasted acorn squash, and honeydew infused honey, Apple. cherry and pistachio strudel with warm caramel and vanilla gelato, and Macedonian wild fig sundae with vanilla gelato, almond frangipane and pomegranate caramel.
When: Saturday evenings (9:00 p.m.)
Where: Sabur Restaurant & Lounge (Somerville)
Admission: No cover charge
More Info: 617-776-7890
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!
When: April 9th, Saturday (7:00 – 9:30 p.m.)
Where: The Lilypad (Inman Square)
Tickets: $10.oo (At the door only)
More Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrate the New Year to the Tune of Live Greek-Style Music with the Folks at the Olympia Restaurant: December 31st, Friday (9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.)
Why not “go Greek” this New Year’s Eve at the Olympia Restaurant in Lowell with one of Boston’s most well-established Greek ensembles, Enosis. They have been in the music-making business for over 30 years, bringing both the traditional and contemporary styles of the music of Greece to adoring audiences both locally and nationally. Native genres they will performing for you include dimotika, elafra, and traditional as well as contemporary style laika. Vocalist Katina and keyboard artist Christina will be accompanied by the rest of the band on bouzouki, drums, and bass guitar.
Dinner will be served Greek-style, of course, and will include Spinach pie, grape leaves (stuffed with rice, meat, or vegetables and accompanied by a special sauce), Greek salad, and your choice of New York strip steak or chicken kabob. Enjoy dessert selections of rice pudding, Baklava (layered phyllo dough with chopped nuts and honey), or Galaktaboureko (custard in phyllo dough) to round out your meal. And then when it is time to bring in the New Year, join everybody in a champagne toast to 2011 complete with party favors to accent all the merriment of the evening! So if you’re looking for a memorable New Year’s Eve celebration this year, just head on over to the Olympia Restaurant in Lowell for some first-rate Greek-style music entertainment accompanied by tasty native cuisine.
When: December 31st, Friday (9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.)
Admission: No cover charge
More Info OR Reservations: 978-452-8092 OR 978-459-7652
Travel the World with Jamey Haddad & Friends: Presenting Folk and Contemporary Music of Palestine, Greece, Bulgaria, and the Jews: November 3rd, Wednesday (8:00 p.m – 12:00 a.m.)
Jamey Haddad‘s “East-West Storytellers” are a group of select accomplished musicians who have come together in a special collaborative effort to share some of their favorite world music with the rest of us lucky listeners. Enjoy an evening of fine folk and contemporary ethnic music from Palestine, Greece, Bulgaria, and the Jews. Members of this special quintet, who are originally from Palestine, Israel, and the United States, will be presenting some of their very own original compositions as a part of the evening’s program. Joining Haddad on drums will be, Itamar Borochov on trumpet, Ali Amar on qanun, Nadav Remez on guitar, and Noam Wiesenberg on bass.
As the leader of this special musical collaboration, world renown percussionist Jamey Haddad brings plenty of professional expertise to the table. He is a specialist in jazz, and world and contemporary music who is known for his musical versatility. Because he has performed so many diverse styles of music over the years, he has developed an uncanny ability adapt his playing style with respect to numerous different genres and thus is a popular choice for membership in collaborative artistic projects the world over. He is currently an associate professor at the Berklee College of Music, New England and Oberlin Conservatories, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2007, he was honored in Modern Drummer magazine as one of the 4 best ethnic music percussionists in the world. In addition to his 9-year membership with Paul Simon’s band, he also enjoys regular playing engagements and/or touring opportunities with Simon & Garfunkel, Yo Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, the Paul Winter Consort, Esperanza Spalding, Betty Buckley, Nguyen Lee, Brazil’s Assad Brothers, and many other of the world’s most prominent artists. Check out the rest of the details of this fabulous career on his website … And then, come on over to the Beehive in Boston’s South end and see what this special world music collaborative performance is all about.
When: November 3rd, Wednesday (8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.)
Where: The Beehive (South End)
Admission: No cover charge listed
More Info: 617-423-0069
Experience Blues Music from a Greek Perspective @ “An Evening of Rembetika”: November 20th, Saturday @ 7:00 p.m.
“An Evening of Rembetika” is a benefit concert which is being held in support of the St. Athanasius Greek Orthodox Church of Arlington, Mass. Rembetika, or “the Greek blues” as it is so often refered to, found its beginnings in the 1920’s amongst the urban poor of Greece. It is an extremely well-known and revered folk genre within Greek culture and has earned its “blues” reputation, in part, as a result of the subject matter portrayed within the lyrics to the songs. It’s all about the “hard life” as experienced by the country’s urban poor. Adding to the musical interest of this genre is its inherent bi-cultural nature, as it is the ultimate by-product of a unique combination of both European and Middle Eastern stylistic elements.
The evening will open with a pre-concert reception featuring wine and hors d’oeuvres (or “mezethes” if you will). The following music will then be brought to the audience by a rather large cast of musicians on vocals, guitar, oud, accordion, bouzouki, and percussion. This is indeed a special event and you can further support the church’s efforts by sponsoring the concert if you wish. So, come and see what the Greek’s version of the blues is all about at “An Evening of Rembetika”.
When: November 20th, Saturday @ 8:00 p.m.
Don’t forget the pre-concert reception at 7:00!!!
Where: Robbins Memorial Town Hall (Arlington Town Hall)
Tickets: $40.00 (Call or purchase online)
More Info: 617-669-7000 OR 781-643-8139
Come to the Basha Cafe in Cambridge for an Evening of Top Middle Eastern or Mediterranean Style Entertainment: Weekly, Thursday – Saturday
Ah yes, the cold weather is setting in on us once again, but then why not come on over and warm up to some fantastic Greek or Arabic music and dancing entertainment at the Basha Cafe in Cambridge. Be sure and come early so you can enjoy their tasty cuisine from the Mediterranean region. They take great pride in their own unique blend of spices which accent each dish on the menu and specially prepared homemade soups as well. I’m sure that if you take a look at their menu you’ll be tempted to tryout some of the ethnic fare that they have to offer.
But even better … they host three nights of Middle Eastern or Greek music every week with intermittent belly dance entertainment to boot! You’ll want to check out their calendar in order to keep up on the current performance offerings or friend them on Facebook for all the latest news and happenings. Right now though, the current line-up for each week looks like this:
Thursdays (Arabic Night) – Mitchell Kaltsunas, vocals and John Nassar, keyboards
Fridays (Greek Night) – (9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.) – Live Greek music and belly dancing
Saturdays (Arabic Night) – (9:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.) – Paul Aoun, vocals ; Jamal, keyboard ; Amor, tubleh
Due to limited seating availability, reservations are required for Saturday evening’s performance.
Further Event Details:
When: Thursday – Saturday evenings (Times vary)
Where: Basha Cafe (Cambridge)
More Info: 617-245-0440
Reservations: 617-245-0440 (General) / 617-818-6808 (ask for Elie Ghazali) OR 508-568-0069 (ask for Micho Chalhoub) (For Saturday’s entertainment only)
Dance the Night Away to the Latest Greek Hits and Timeless Classics @ the Umbria Ristorante’s Ultra Lounge: October 10th, Sunday (10:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.)
There’s a Greek dance party going on in downtown Boston over the Columbus Day weekend, and guess what? You’re invited! Come on out to Greek Night at the Umbria Ristorante’s Ultra Lounge and dance with your dj host to the latest contemporary Greek hits as well as some old familiar classics. When it comes to this type of event in the world music arena, those Latinos can sure show the rest of us how to party and the number of dance evenings they host in the Boston area is astronomical! Well now, if a night of dancing and prancing is at all your thing then here’s your chance to enjoy a little change of pace- Greek style. Oh, and just so you’ll be aware, these folks cater to the 25 and over crowd and appropriate party attire is the word of the evening. I, myself, relish the excuse to dress-up in a little glitz and glamour now and then.
The restaurant itself is an Italian-style steak house, so if you come early, you can enjoy dinner. In addition to the usual steaks and chops which are to be expected, the menu also offers some Italian-style pasta and seafood dishes as well. For starters you can enjoy a wild mushroom and dolce garganzola soup … Perhaps to be followed by Chilean sea bass all’Acquapazza (in a garlic and herb marinara sauce), lobster Fra Diavolo (in a spicey marinara sauce), or seafood Cioppino (fish stew). Check out the rest of the menu here. So, if you’re looking for a fun and entertaining way to familiarize yourself with some popular Greek music or an opportunity to just enjoy dancing to the already familiar, then Greek Night is the event is for you.
When: October 10th, Sunday (10:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.)
Where: Umbria Ristorante (Ultra Lounge) (downtown Boston)
Admission: $20.00 cover charge
More Info: 617 – 338 – 1000