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Saturday, January 19, 2019 Options
Live from the Golden Fest - Brooklyn's Spectacular Balkan Bacchanal

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Select videos from Golden Fest 2014 (thanks to Noel Kropf )

It's our eleventh annual live broadcast from Brooklyn's legendary Balkan and East European music and dance blowout! Golden Fest is a massive two night gathering of musicians, folk dance enthusiasts and fans held at the spectacular Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn's South Slope.

The festival kicks off with a multi-band dance party on Friday night January 18th. Then for the big event on Saturday night January 19th, some sixty bands will perform on five stages from 6 pm until the wee hours. We'll bring you Saturday night's early action live from the Grand Ballroom, center stage of this fabulous Balkan-inspired bacchanal.

Massive thanks to our illustrious engineer and tech director Irene Trudel and our volunteer crew:

Marcus Acosta
Rob Christiansen
Katie Gentile
Kim Howie
Darren Mabee (Board Op)

The Golden Festival's youth ensemble, Cocek Nation, is crowdfunding for a summer trip to Macedonia and Serbia to study with traditional musicians and perform at two festivals. But the deadline to raise the funds is January 31st and they're still a long way from the goal. Please lend your support with a donation here. Thanks!



This Week's Playlist:

Cocek Nation: Live from Golden Fest 2019 Options (0:00:00 Pop‑up)
Cocek Nation, the Golden Fest's youth ensemble, is crowdfunding for a summer trip to Macedonia and Serbia to study with traditional musicians and perform at two festivals. But the deadline to raise the funds is January 31st and they're still far from the goal. Please lend your support with a donation here. Thanks!

Balkan Fields: Live from Golden Fest 2019 Options (0:30:15 Pop‑up)

Cocek Brass Band: Live from Golden Fest 2019 Options (1:01:41 Pop‑up)

Romashka: Live from Golden Fest 2019 Options (1:30:49 Pop‑up)

West Philadelphia Orchestra: Live from Golden Fest 2019 Options

Orkestar Gypsy Kings: Live from Golden Fest 2019 Options



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National Immigration Law Center: Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.

National Immigration Forum: The National Immigration Forum is one of the leading immigrant advocacy organizations in the country, with a mission to advocate for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.

New York Immigration Coalition: The New York Immigration Coalition aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all. The NYIC promotes immigrants’ full civic participation, fosters their leadership, and provides a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.

Arab American Family Support Center (New York City): The Arab-American Family Support Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-sectarian organization that provides culturally and linguistically sensitive services to immigrant communities throughout New York City.

Action NYC: ActionNYC connects New Yorkers to free, safe immigration legal help. You can make an appointment to learn your immigration legal options and get immigration application assistance. There are ActionNYC sites in all five boroughs. Appointments are required. Your appointment will be in your language.

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International Refugee Assistance Project: The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid and systemic policy advocacy, IRAP serves the world’s most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders.

International Rescue Committee: The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 1/19/19 6:05pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob and all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/19/19 6:06pm Rob W:

Hi Bas, hi everyone, thanks for tuning in!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/19/19 6:10pm Steve B._Parsippany_NJ:

Hi Rob. enjoying show so far! ;)
Avatar Sat. 1/19/19 6:10pm dale:

IRENE - engineer extrodinaire.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/19/19 6:13pm Steve B._Parsippany_NJ:

Where is the playlist? plz
  Sat. 1/19/19 6:19pm queems:

so psyched!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 1/19/19 6:27pm Bas NL:

(Your microphone is dropping out all the time Rob!)
Avatar Sat. 1/19/19 6:31pm dale:

bitch, bitch, bitch people. it's a tough remote. have you been to grand prospect hall?
Avatar Sat. 1/19/19 6:32pm dale:

...might as well do it from the key food.
Avatar Sat. 1/19/19 6:34pm northguineahills:

Ro-mani more brass coceks!
Avatar Sat. 1/19/19 6:35pm northguineahills:

@dale: dale: that's where I'd get my beer for Prospect Park picnics!
  Sat. 1/19/19 6:35pm Ven:

That Key Food is somewhere between an institution and an Institution.
  Sat. 1/19/19 6:37pm queems:

someday i’m going to get over to macedonia with my sister
  Sat. 1/19/19 6:37pm queems:

i used to live down the block from grand prospect hall
  Sat. 1/19/19 6:38pm David Colangelo:

Nice golden fest....what happened to Beirut? They were big 10 years ago?
  Sat. 1/19/19 6:42pm kimzilla:

Always look forward to your Golden Fest remote! Thanks to everyone engineering and board opping and hosting too!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/19/19 6:44pm Rob W:

Thanks Kim! Thanks Bas - yes we had a bad mic - I think we fixed it... - R
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 1/19/19 6:45pm Bas NL:

(Works great now!)
Avatar Sat. 1/19/19 6:45pm dale:

i left that nape 19 years ago - glad it stilll exists. kind of.
Avatar Sat. 1/19/19 6:46pm dale:

NABE
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/19/19 6:47pm Smilty69:

Good evening, Rob & friends! Wish I was there. Sounds great!
Avatar Sat. 1/19/19 6:56pm northguineahills:

@Rob: Tell Kim I said hi, I haven't seen her since I left NYC.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 1/19/19 6:57pm Granny Spicy Tuna:

wow! this is so exciting!
  Sat. 1/19/19 7:05pm queems:

this is like the 4th year in a row that i have wanted to go to this and haven’t
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/19/19 7:07pm Tome:

only wish now I had some kind of woodwind /brass to play, but my LP bongos and cheap acoustic 6 sting guitar go brooklyn is the best ! ,, and to Rob and WFMU bringing us this wonderful music from around the world every Saturday evening !
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/19/19 7:11pm Rob W:

Thanks Tome! Queems, you'll make it someday...! And thanks Granny, will do north guinea, thanks Smilty and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 1/19/19 7:26pm steveo:

Wow they were great! Loved it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 1/19/19 7:44pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Yay, it's here! I look forward to the Golden Fest broadcast each year.
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 1/19/19 8:10pm Marc Francis:

This is fucking ACE.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/19/19 8:15pm Rob Weisberg:

Yes indeed Marc Francis!
Avatar Sat. 1/19/19 8:25pm northguineahills:

What Tome said.., oh, and the sentiments of everyone else!
  Sat. 1/19/19 8:31pm queems:

whoa these folks are killing it
Avatar Sat. 1/19/19 8:55pm northguineahills:

Superb thanks Rob & crew!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 1/19/19 8:56pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks, Rob and everyone. Well done!
  Sat. 1/19/19 8:56pm queems:

thanks rob & all!! this has been amazing
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 1/19/19 9:00pm Bas NL:

Thanks for the fantastic Golden Fest presents Rob and crew!
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