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Panacea, Berkeley, CA, 24 May, 2012

Panacea - Concert/dance

Music of Europe East, West, North, South
Thursday, May 24. 9:00 pm
Subterranean Art House 2179 Bancroft Avenue, Berkeley 9pm (doors open 8:30) $10-$15.

For years, they have played music from the five corners of Europe and beyond. Their performances are rare and very good.

Panacea plays a delightful East European and Roma-Balkan dance mix, with group vocals. The all-star ensemble takes on impossibly challenging Eastern European rhythms, the kind that drive dancers to ecstasy. Acclaimed accordionist Nada Lewis is joined by hammered dulcimer player Robin Petrie (from such bands as Carnahan and Petrie, and Party of Seven), Shira Kammen (founder of Ensemble Alcatraz and music director of the Revels) on violin, top middle east percussionist Mark Bell (Helm), and vocalist Bon Singer (a founder of Kitka).

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