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October 18, the greatest Balkan Brass Band ever is coming to town…

…and we will be opening for them!

Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar is the band that inspired the founders of Orkestar Slivovica to form a band in the South Serbian/Macedonian Romani style. Our teacher and mentor Demiran Cerimovic considers Boban Markovic to be one of the greatest trumpet players ever in the entire history of this genre. Please come to this very special show, which will also be the final appearance for a few retiring members of Orkestar Slivovica, and will feature collaborations with Jack Garton, who used to play with us before rising to fame with his bands Maria in the Shower and Demon Squadron.

 

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Autumn gig schedule

We have had a very busy and eventful festival and wedding season and we now shift to more indoor and intimate shows. We will resume our monthly “kafana” nights at the Seven Dining Lounge on the first Friday of each month, and on the November 7 show we will have the official release of our long-awaited second CD! And the highlight of the season will no doubt be on October 18 when the grand master of our style of music Boban Markovic comes to Vancouver!

Here is our schedule in brief, details can be found by clicking on the calendar to the right —>

Oct 3 Sljivovica Social Club kafana night at Seven Dining Lounge. Guest tba
Oct 18 Opening for Boban i Marko Markovic at the Vogue
Oct 9, 10, 17, 24, 31 Ghost Train at Stanley Park
Nov 1 All Souls night at Vancouver cemetary
Nov 7 Sljivovica Social Club and cd release / anniversary party
Nov 22 Candytown – Daytime outdoor event in Yaletown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big thanks to all who helped make Ederlezi Balkan Brass Festival a huge success!

People have said it was our best party ever! Shall we do it all again next year, same time, same place?

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Schedules and details on the Event page HERE!

Facebook page HERE!

See you next year!

 

Upcoming shows update

Thanks to all who came to our last Sljivovica Social Club with Tambura Rasa. It was a huge success! We celebrated THREE birthday parties that night! Apologies to the many people we had to turn away. We stress that reservations are HIGHLY recommended as this is a small venue that is being inspected regularly for capacity compliance so they can’t take chances by letting in more people than their liquor license allows. Call 604-875-9006 to reserve. Next month our guest band is Mashregh! See HERE for more details.

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Then, join us May 9 and 10 for our annual

EDERLEZI Balkan Brass Festival with DEMIRAN CERIMOVIC, all the way from SERBIA!

Plus 3 smoking hot bands from Seattle!

More info on this soon!

 ~ This will be our last self-produced community hall dance party event for at least one year, so don’t miss it! ~

Balkan Bhangra was awesome!

Here’s a short video of what happened on February 15! CLICK HERE

 

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Get tickets by clicking HERE!

For more info on event click HERE!

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Gig calendar update – Sljivovica Social Club dates for 2014

Thank you all for supporting us and making 2013 our most successful year yet! It was a year of big changes, with two original band members leaving and several new players joining. We had more gigs than ever before, including 16 performances in 6 weeks during Demiran and Novica Cerimovic’s visit.

Next year promises to be our busiest yet! We already have much of next summer booked with festivals and weddings, and we now find ourselves in the enviable position of being able to choose the best gigs among many offers! Aside from several weddings already booked, we have been asked to play Smithers Midsummer Festival, Arts on the Fly (Horsefly, BC), Mission Folk Fest, Harrison Music Festival, and expect offers to return to Princeton, ArtsWells, and Whistler! We are also planning on bringing Demiran Cerimovic back in the Spring. And our Cd is slowly but steadily nearing completion, and will feature several guest stars including Demiran and Novica!

Here is our lineup for our remaining 4 Sljivovica Social Club shows of the season:

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Next show – Winter Solstice party this Saturday!

For more info click on the calendar to the right —->

 

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Opa Tsupa 2013 – Thanks to all who attended for making it a big success!

 

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Calendar update and news!

The Princeton Traditional Music festival was the final performance for two of our original members, Deirdra “Squinky” Kiai and Alyssa Semczyszyn. We also welcomed our newest member, Morgan Bartlett, on tenor horn (and vocals).

While it is quite normal for a 5-year old band to no longer have most of its original members, it is still a big change for us!

But you will have a chance to remember our departed members, as our latest CD, due for release in September or October, will still feature them! Stay tuned for a release date announcement soon!

Meanwhile, we continue to play upwards of 6 shows per month, see the calendar for an update of our confirmed shows, and check back often as there is more in the works!

Enjoy the rest of your summer and we will see you soon!

 

 

Summer Gig Calendar is posted!

We have a busy summer with most dates now booked! But we may still be able to squeeze in a barbecue or birthday party, maybe one more wedding… contact us at orkestars at gmail dot com, or call six-0-four, 612.1050.

We will be on hiatus July 1-25 as 4 of the veteran members will be traveling and studying music in Serbia and Macedonia (and sampling wine, rakija, and cevapcic too of course!)

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