We’ll be hosting a “Balkan Bash” dance night with live music by the Boston band Gogofski on Friday, February 12, from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. at the People Plus community center, 35 Union Street, one block west of Maine Street, in downtown Brunswick. All are welcome. Donation $5.
Gogofski is a four-person Balkan-style band with vocalist Kasia Sokallo of Poland, Dave Golber on clarinet, Tom Pixton on accordion, and Henry Goldberg on the Balkan tupan drum. The band has played throughout the Northeast and been acclaimed as “awesome” for providing “a wonderful evening.”
“This’ll be our first dance with live music,” says Folk Dance Brunswick president Mary Brennan of Harpswell, “and we’re very excited about it. Several of us heard Gogofski play in Boston last fall: They blew the roof off. What a night of dancing we’re going to have!”
Clarinetist Dave Golber adds, “We play intensely emotional, grab-you-by-the-heart music, drawing on older and newer traditional music from all over the Western edge of the Ottoman Empire to create a repertoire of powerful songs — songs of unrequited love, songs of seduction and deception, songs of the promise of happiness held against the pain of loss.”
In the early part of the evening, selected dances will be taught for newcomers; Gogofski will start playing at 8 p.m.
No street shoes on the dance floor. Please bring a spare pair!
See you soon.