Pasatempo Rebetika
Monday, July 23, 2012, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)a passionate, old-style romp through the "Greek Blues" $20.50 advance / $22.50 at doorPurchase tickets online
July 23 8:00 pm

Pasatempo Rebetika

Grab your glass of ouzo, close your eyes, and allow Pasatempo Rebetika to transport you into the bars and clubs of the old-time Greek port town of Piraeas! Plenty of heart and the strains of bouzouki, baglama (long-necked lute), accordion, guitar, and acoustic bass combine in rebetika music, often referred to as “Greek blues” for its passionate treatment of down-and-out themes of love, heartbreak, exile, and death. Starting out as the music of the Greek underworld around the turn of the last century, rebetika has endured and become the music of the Greek soul, expressing a love of life—with all its sorrows and joys—that transcends time and language.

Based in Seattle, Pasatempo plays old-style rebetika music. Leading the group, husband and wife team Christos Govetas and Ruth Hunter focus on the vocal stories told in each song, with the hardship and passion of the lyrics set in a lush instrumental tapestry. In addition to Christos on bouzouki and baglama and Ruth on accordion, the group features guitarist Dave Bartley, Hank Bradley on bouzouki, Steve Ramsey on baglama, and Bill Lanphier on double bass.

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