Best Crazed Gypsy Brass Band Dance Party - 2008
Yes, this occasional Kafana Balkan party is pretty much the only crazed Gypsy brass band dance party in town, but that doesn't make it any less special. Where else can you find hundreds of swarthy men with dangling moustaches and pork-pie hats dancing with slinky ladies in diaphanous dresses and hot-pink hair? (Okay, besides a Joanna Newsom show.) Kafana Balkan also offers live, horn-driven mayhem from the likes of Brass Menazeri and Edessa, as well as everything from Balkan hip-hop to crazy Gypsy funk spun by DJ Zeljko. Plus, proceeds go to Hleb i Sir Cirkus, which puts on free circus workshops for refugee children in Kosovo. Seldom has getting drunk and being horny been so productive.