Balkan Music Night

A six-hour feast of Balkan music and dance!

Saturday, March 16, 2019, 7 pm-1 am

51 Walden Performing Arts Center (formerly known as FOPAC), 51 Walden Street, Concord, Massachusetts

Visit the Balkan Music Night website for complete information about the performers, the schedule, directions, parking, and more.

Now approaching its 34th year, Balkan Music Night is a vibrant celebration of the rich musical traditions of the Balkans, and an immersive experience in music, dance, culture, and community. Since 1986, several hundred Balkan enthusiasts of all backgrounds have gathered annually in the Boston area to revel in the exciting rhythms and soulful melodies of Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, Albania, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Romania, Turkey, and more.

The impressive roster of performers includes dynamic instrumentalists and powerful vocalists, renowned Balkan-born artists and accomplished American-born devotees, and local favorites and guest bands, all brought together for one extraordinarily bountiful night of dancing and listening pleasure.

You can dance all evening in the spacious dance hall, moving to the non-stop, big-band sounds of pounding drums, funky brass, soaring clarinets, and wailing bagpipes. Or, you can settle into the concert seating of the intimate upstairs kefana (kefi = elevated mood), and listen to splendid acoustic performances by some of the finest soloists and small ensembles around. Or, you can switch between dance hall and kefana as you choose.

You can also hang out in the friendly lobby, chatting with other Balkan music fans, shopping for CDs and DVDs at the Little Shop of Horas, and helping yourself to the generous spread of complimentary snacks, cold drinks, and hot kafe provided to sustain you during six hours of intensely Balkan fun.

FAC and the Balkan Music Night Committee invite you to come dance, listen, and celebrate with us!

2018 Performers

(in alphabetical order)

Cherven Traktor
Cocek! Brass Band
Beth Bahia Cohen and Friends
Divi Zheni
Merita Halili and Raif Hyseni
Kavala Brass Band
Sarma Brass Band
Matthew Schreiber and Georgi Petrov
Elitsa Stoyneva and Friends
Sandy Theodorou and Friends
plus dance performances by
Bashkimi Dance Ensemble
Mladost Folk Ensemble

For questions about Balkan Music Night 2018, contact the FAC office.