Saturday, September 18, 2010
OPA! Zephyros blows in to Raleigh Greekfest
Baltimore band Zephyros @ Greek Festival in Raleigh
Raleigh's Greek Festival got off to a good start last night with a Friday dinner rush; around 5 pm, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church's website slowed as people printed out their coupon for complimentary admission.
Sit down dinners, gyros and calamari, a nice selection of Greek wines and beer, coffee, and baklava sundaes were among the homemade treats on offer at the Exposition Center at the NC State Fairgrounds. At the vendors' market, you can purchase religious icons, paintings of Greek landscapes, and belly dance coin belts at an affordable price of $10.
Stavros Blicas and Dave Drosinos
Live band Zephyros is back again from Baltimore, having played Fayetteville's Greek Festival last weekend, and the guys welcomed me back as their "official" videographer (see my coverage of last year's Greek Festival).
I'm not an expert on Greek music, but I can tell that it requires a high level of musicianship, especially on instruments I don't get to hear too often, such as clarinet and bouzouki. I also love the dance rhythms and the unstoppable medleys. Here's a taste of Friday night's music and dancing:
Zephyros will be playing throughout the festival, which ends Sunday (9/18) at 8 pm; Saturday's live music schedule is 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, then again from 5 to 10 pm.
Raleigh Greek Festival
Zephyros band website
Brother Chrysostom and Father Rick, of Saints Cyril & Methodius Byzantine Catholic Church in Cary, getting in the spirit of Greek Fest