Includes Klezmer dance lesson with Bruce Bierman at 8:30 pm.
With searing instrumentals and sultry, gut-wrenching vocals soaring over hard-hitting grooves, the Bay Area’s rockin’ Balkan band Balkalicious Fire Drive brings the raw and intoxicating energy, sound, and spirit of the Balkans. The band gravitates primarily towards music from the Greek, Rom, and Macedonian traditions. Bringing with them long and vibrant histories immersed in the world music scene, the members of BFD are Leslie Bonnett on vocals and violin, Stuart Brotman on bass, Shea Comfort on clarinet, Dennis Demakos on laouto and vocals, and Haig Kassabian on drums. Bonnett is a veteran of Kitka and is also known for her Scandinavian and Cajun fiddle playing (she returns on New Year’s Eve in a duo with Joe Finn and a bunch of special guests). She currently performs with True Life Trio. Founder of the all-star Brave Old World, Brotman has played with Kaleidoscope, Canned Heat, and Ry Cooder and currently plays with Veretski Pass. Comfort was a member of Bay Area favorites Anoush and Trance Mission. He also played duduk with the Paris-based traditional Armenian orchestra Djivani. Demakos has played primarily with Greek bands in the Bay Area, including Smyrna Time Machine and Kaladrios. He can currently be heard singing with Disciples of Markos. Kassabian grew up playing Armenian music and was a member of the popular Armenian band Fourth Legacy.
Orchestra Euphonos is a Bay Area-based klezmer band with a distinctly classic-yet-modern sound, characterized by an exuberant melodic sensibility and expressive brass frontline. The band was formed by euphonium and trumpet player Peter Bonos, with violinist-saxophonist Annie Cilley, violinist-clarinetist Travis Hendrix, trumpeter and bassist Josh Jackson, and accordionist-trombonist Kalei Yamanoha. Members of Orchestra Euphonos also perform as Santa Rosa’s Oddjob Ensemble. Orchestra Euphonos has performed as part of KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festival, the Oakland A's Jewish Heritage Night, Israel in the Gardens, and JCC Sonoma’s Simcha Sunday.
When & Where
Ashkenaz is the East Bay's home to world music & dance... established 1973; nonprofit since 1997. We are always all ages! Kids 12 & under are admitted free unless otherwise noted.
All of our online ticket sales are will call. We will have a list of ticket buyers at the door; you do not need to bring a printout of your ticket/order confirmation.
Doors open 30 minutes before showtime, or 30 minutes before the dance lesson if there is one, unless otherwise noted.
Ashkenaz's Café opens when doors open and offers beer (draft and bottled), wine, kombucha, juices, sodas, coffee and tea, and snacks and light meals (all vegetarian, mostly organic).