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Goran Bregovic & His Wedding and Funeral Orchestra Recommended Soundboard

When: Fri., Oct. 14, 8 p.m. 2011

For more than two decades former Balkan rocker Goran Bregovic has been one of the world's best ambassadors for eastern European Romany music—first through his soundtrack work for Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica in the late 80s and early 90s (especially on Time of the Gypsies and Underground) and more recently with his raucous Wedding and Funeral Orchestra. (That's the group he brought to Millennium Park in 2006 for his first-ever U.S. appearance.) Bregovic has been accused of stealing songs from the likes of Boban Markovic, Esma Redzepova, and Saban Bajramovic, but even if the worst charges are true, there's no denying that the guitarist, songwriter, and arranger has a knack for sharpening, polishing, and assimilating sounds and structures—high-powered Balkan brass, sorrowful female-sung balladry, wild drinking songs, even electronics-­kissed stompers. His most recent release, 2009's Alkohol (Wrasse) is his most potent, distilled effort yet, and a new album is due next year. Bregovic's live shows are over-the-top celebrations of Romany culture, carefully orchestrated but impossibly energetic; for this one he'll front a 19-piece band. —Peter Margasak

Price: $30-$85

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