Performer Lineup

Here are the acts scheduled for the 2019 Slavic Fest!

We are delighted to present the 2019 talent!

Bombici

Bombici is an experimental electroacoustic group that connects many people, places and practices from Balkan Roma traditions to dub and experimental jazz. Based in Pittsburgh, Bombici play traditional dance tunes, mind bending originals, and the hottest coceks.

Friday, 6:30-9:30

Polka Floyd

The Polka Floyd show was formed in 2006 out of the ashes of nameless bands in the Toledo, OH and Detroit, MI area. What started as a good-time side project quickly became the focus of our musical lives…..and through numerous local gigs, festivals, and touring throughout the east and midwest, we continue to provide the oom-pah to rock-n-roll audiences everywhere.

Describing themselves as “more of a rock band with a polka edge than a polka band with a rock edge,” Polka Floyd covers more than 40 Pink Floyd songs. As one reviewer put it, they’re “like the antidote to angst” and “[f]reak show Floyd for the 21st century, ya gotta love it.”

Friday, 5:00-7:00

Balkan Babes

The Balkan Babes have been performing traditional folk music for over twenty-five years. They have a repertoire representing the countries that lie between the Adriatic and Black seas. Initially, intrigued by the intricate, haunting melodies of the Balkans, a group of women began learning and singing songs from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia. With the help of master teachers, language and dedicated practice, the singers refined their craft and became a performing ensemble.

The Balkan songs cover a range of styles. Some songs are sweet melodies, others are bold and brazen, telling historic tales of struggle, battles and the never-ending war between the sexes. Most have evolved as dance tunes, and match well known traditional dances. Close harmonies, tight rhythmic shifts make the music soar with the full sound of the chorus.

The group takes time to explain each song’s origin and translation, so that the traditional language can have meaning. Every show is family friendly.
The Balkan Babes keep history alive by performing traditional songs and dances from the Balkans. Audience members are invited to participate in the performance through sing-alongs and dancing.

Saturday, 1:00-2:00

Danka

The DANKA Folk Dance Group was founded by Aleksandar Zankin in 2012 as a part of the cultural program of the Bulgarian Macedonian National Educational and Cultural Center (BMNECC) in Pittsburgh.  The initial idea was to promote authentic Bulgarian folk dances (hora) among the members of the BMNECC.

Learning plenty of authentic dances and developing their dancing skills, the dancers became familiar with the different styles of dancing in the Bulgarian ethnographic regions.  Transforming itself into a performing group, Danka has performed annually at the Bulgarian Folk Festival ‘Na Megdana’, Pittsburgh (2015-2018) and has been participating in many events as well as other folk events around the Pittsburgh area.  Danka has also performed in the Folk Festival ‘Verea’ in Chicago in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Saturday, 2:30-3:30

Pajtasi

A Slovak folk acoustic band, founded in New York City in 1998-99, when two former colleagues, folk musicians from Slovakia met at the Slovak street festival in Manhattan. Andrea Levrinc – Valcuha on a viola-contra/violin and Branislav Brinarsky on a bass/bandleader. At that time, they were also joined by Maros Kocerha on accordion/later on cimbalom and by the vocalist, Maria Lazurova- Dvorak. Nowadays the band works also with other musicians, especially with young “primáš” Isabella Valcuha.

Over the years the Pajtasi Band has played at numerous events: concerts, weddings and parties. The band has also participated at many Slovak and other international festivals, in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, and Washington D.C. In 2007, Pajtáši released their CD – “ The Devil’s Craft ”. Since its inception, the band has been performing with the prominent Slovak-American dance ensemble Limbora in NYC .The authentic sound of their folk instruments and folk music enrich the traditional folk dance performances.

The band’s repertoire covers vast regions of Slovakia, Moravia and the Czech Republic, as well as well-known international songs in their own arrangement. Their musicianship and many years of experience provide the audience with a high quality performance and a pleasurable listening experience.

Saturday, 4:00-5:30

Orkestar Zabava

Orkestar Zabava was formed in 1993 with the intent of providing music primarily for dance entertainment in Pittsburgh ‘s ethnic community; however, over the years, Zabava has become known as being more than just a kolo orchestra. Although two members have written and composed their own music, the band’s intent is to preserve songs composed in Eastern Europe and passed through the generations. Orkestar Zabava has no cultural or ethnic ties – their repertoire consists of songs and dances from Croatia , Serbia , Bosnia , Macedonia Bulgaria and Ukraine .

Saturday, 6:00-9:00 pm