We’re super excited to share this video we edited from our Golden Fest footage. Check out our photos of the event if you didn’t already.
Email subscribers, click here to watch the video (and don’t forget: full screen & HD!!)
Burdelitos ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫
Golden Festival is put on by Zlatne Uste Brass Band every year, and this year the Burdel Familia finally got our asses over there for a night of rampant celebration in the hyper-opulent surroundings of the Grand Prospect Hall ballroom.
Think pastel-painted molding, chandeliers big enough for 5 people to swing on, balconies overlooking enormous dance floors, and room after room of live music ranging from Spanish flamenco to Bulgarian gypsy-jazz to Ukrainian marches. We saw some of our friends and favorite bands: Kagero, Yuri Yunakov & The Grand Masters of Gypsy Music, Raya Brass Band, Avram Pengas, and tons more. It was killer.
The incredible Gamze performing with Yuri Yunakov—body paint our own enigmatic Liz Belomlinsky…
We had the absolute pleasure of seeing Toronto’s Lemon Bucket Orkestra perform in the grand ballroom and were so blown away we teamed up with our partner in musical crime, Michael Katsobashvili, to escort the band back to Mehanata, where they performed for a packed club and then stayed with us on the mezzanine, jamming until 7:30AM.
There are really no words to describe what an amazing weekend it was altogether. We want to say a huge, huge thank you to the performers, to Zlatne Uste for organizing the whole thing, and for Lemon Bucket for letting us caravan them through the broken NYC subway system very late at night so we wouldn’t have to let the experience end any earlier than absolutely necessary. Look out for Lemon Bucket’s valiant return to NYC ASAP (or our imminent trip to Toronto, whichever happens first).
There was really no better way to start 2012.
Heads up, we are editing a video or two from our 6 gigs of festival footage so you can re-live this night with us!
Burdel Dali Family
Wednesdays will be CARAJO at Cantina ! Julio of Cantina Royal (the best Mexican food in this part of town) will be joining forces of victory with our BURDEL DALI every Wednesday.
We also are the unofficial official after party of Cine Gazpacho which always brings awesome cult movies from Spain and a delightful Gazpacho for free!
As always Mishto and I will play a mescal mix of tropical gypsy music, a selection of Latin songs, good rock and other gems from our repertoire.
So come enjoy the amazing Mexican menu Julio has… and water it down with the 3 dollars Tecate specials while listening to the good vibes.
Hope to see you all.
DJ Raphlex … aka Raffy!
Obviously when the Mehanata & Burdel familia has a natural disaster party, the results don’t look too much different from a night at Mehanata. Gracias to Natalita who hosted a crazed dance/smoke/drink/love party for 24+ hours while Irene ravaged the Tri-state.
Come back anytime, Irene! We’ll treat you just the same!
(In jest of course… we send our love & prayers to the people of the tri-state who lost homes, sustained injury or property damage, and in general, had a shit time dealing with the storm… we recommend you come dance it off with us this week)
We just want to put the word out—the Kandake, great friends of ours and gorgeous performers who we’ve shared many a festive dance floor with in the past, have their new website up and listings of upcoming shows. We can’t wait to work with them again!
The Kandake is a new dance-theatre collective that combines social activism and philanthropy with folkloric, modern, theatrical and experimental movement.
The original Kandake were the queens of ancient Ethiopia, Sudan, and parts of Egypt who were the political, military, and spiritual leaders of their societies.
The women of The Kandake aim to continue the legacy of their predecessors by being catalysts for social change, priestesses of a higher purpose, and field marshals ushering in a better world. Thus, a percentage of every Kandake-run show is donated to a humanitarian cause.
Interaction with the audience and storytelling is characteristic of our work. While some of what we do may be disturbing, absurdist, graphic, or “dark” our purpose is to rupture comfort zones, wake the unconscious, and inspire critical thinking. Just don’t fall into the habit of trying to find “meaning” in every show–sometimes we just want to dance!
Check out their website and their facebook!
Thanks to all who came out to our Valentines day pregame. We sold all of Mishto’s kisses to one pretty lady who now has an impressive debt to pay. A full gallery of that hot pink madness will be up this weekend.
And check out this video from the Mehanata Haiti benefit concert, featuring a ton of cool bands and Michelle taking rakia shots with Ilva. The real deal.
The commune was decked in sheer white and lights for the unceremonious eviction party that happened on the 2nd, hosted by our lovely friend Lennon and her band of misfit cohabitants. The tiny dancers dressed themselves like mystical thrift shop fiends and we all had a dose of honey on our tongues to keep things sweet.
Photos by nightlifebaby.
The Burdel crashed on the whimsical misfit Olympics hosted by our very own queen of brilliant textile decadence, Lennon, in her Bushwick commune. Skirts were swirling, dogs were barking, and my wedding was about to start. Wait, what?
Photos by nightlifebaby & Mishka!
The moustacho party was a big success – keep an eye on us for photos of many charming women in all matter of under-nose bristles and questionable facial hair developments.