Saturday, October 23, 2004

Dance all night 

Well, actually it was Poodlepums who danced all night. I've been nursing a cold all week and so spent the evening firmly planted in my chair. Not that it was an easy task, since we spent the evening catching a Balkanarama performance. Balkanarama is definitely the type of band that entices one onto the dance floor. Poodles started dancing at about the third song and lasted through the rest of the show. Bunnah followed and invented a dance I called "The Little Sister". Basically she followed directly behind her dancing sister, running if necessary to keep on her tail. It was vaguely reminiscent of a Buster Keaton routine. Even Noodles got up and attempted a couple of line dances, though they threw her for a loop when they added a turnabout to the hora. All in all it was a great time. The performance was at a place called Third Place Books, in a space that's basically a food court with a stage and dance floor. The audience was a really great mix of kids and adults, the latter ranging from 20-something parents to hoary headed grandparents. It was great seeing such a crowd celebrating together, the highlight being when some little kids were dancing in a circle as a line of adults snaked around them in their own dance. A little taste of heaven. And of course, the music was superb, as I've come to expect from Balkanarama. Their new guitarist, Amir, is great. (I should say "hot", to go along with the family joke, but my role in that schtick is to be the jealous husband.) And... well, heck, the whole band is great. I don't know whether it's the band or the musical genre, but I really love how the show features the ensemble--with the different instruments and voices sharing the spotlight and blending together to create a thouroughly enjoyable musical experience. One of these days we'll have to go catch one of their paying performances.