Golden Festival 2011

Alternate title: How I Developed Tinnitus!

What Cheer? Brigade at Golden Fest 2011

Last night was The Golden Festival, sponsored by the Balkan band Zlatne Uste, which means “Golden Lips”.  It was held this year at the Grand Prospect Hall, an incredible Easter egg of a building with four floors of elegantly decorated and chandelier bedecked rooms complete with dance floors.  A big improvement over last year’s venue at the high school in Washington Heights, people were lined up and down the block to get in, dance, play and see old friends.  Who goes to Golden Fest? Everyone, young and old, fancy and casual, musicians and dancers, fans and volunteers.  The entire event is run by volunteers and for the cost of the ticket you also get middle eastern fare, deserts and midnight snacks.  Here is a photo of the Grand Ballroom where the What Cheer? Brigade is performing, and to see a video collage I shot on my eye-phone you can go here.

I found a well written article from Lucid Culture that explains the music of a few of these bands better than I could.  I woke up this morning with a certain throbbing in my ear drums.  Could it be the onslaught of tinnitus?  Note to self: remember not to dance in front to the tuba.

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Getting Started

I decided to start this blog about music because I wanted to have a place to keep track of the music I am excited about, the musicians I meet who are really making things happen for themselves and giving a good name to the field. Yes, music does have a bad rap…. it’s hard to make a living doing it, some people think musicians are all self centered introverts or self aggrandizing business minded extroverts… but the truth is that the world of music is like any other field. It has its heroes, pirates, simpletons, fakirs, shamans and freaks. The thing that binds us together is the artistry of the stuff, the juice we get from making good music, and the hope we have that we can affect others as much as we have been affected by the great music makers of the world.