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ChervonaWomensDayDon’t believe everything you hear about March being dominated by St. Patrick’s Day. These Central/Eastern European events in March will delight just as well, if not better, even sans green beer and whiskey.

All information comes from event websites or organizers. The list will be updated, if needed.

Update: 3/21/2013

Eclectic: March Fourth Marching Band, 3/3 and 3/4

It’s our 10th birthday and we can’t wait to celebrate with our friends, fans, and family! Not only is this a celebration of March Fourth’s 10th anniversary, we are also donating some proceeds from the 3/3 at 8:30 event to help Portland music legend Pete Krebs with his fight against cancer. Joy Now will be joining us on March 3, Gamelan X and DJ GlobalRuckus on March 4.

Czech/Slovak Republics: Hospoda, 3/5

  • Tuesday, March 5, 6:00 p.m.–close
  • McTarnahans Taproom, 2730 NW 31st, Portland
  • Free

The monthly gathering of Portland’s Czech and Slovak community. Guests welcome.

The Balkans: Kafana Klub, 3/5

  • Tuesday, March 5, 7:00 p.m. dance lesson, 8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. live music
  • Al Forno Ferruzza, 2738 NE Alberta St., Portland, Oregon
  • $3-$5 cover

Join us for the unbeatable combination of live Balkan music and great Italian food. See you there!

Bulgaria: Dancing with the Bulgarians, 3/7 & 3/21

  • Thursday, March 7 and 21, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Podkrepa Hall, 2116 North Killingsworth St, Portland
  • Free [American Robotnik note: bring something to share for the potluck]

Come and join us for a fun night of dancing and learning.

Russia: International Women’s Day with Chervona, 3/8

  • Friday, March 8, 9:00 p.m.
  • Vie de Boheme, 1530 SE 7th Ave., Portland, Oregon
  • Tickets: $15-$25
  • Event page

A romantic evening with Chervona and DJ Zhenya. All the songs about LOVE. This planned as a show in very intimate, cozy and rather small venue, where we can all have more personal connection and have great time dancing with music of Chervona and later at night with discotheque from DJ Zhenya. Only 150 tickets are available.

Bulgaria: Spring Dance Festival, 3/9

  • Saturday, March 9, 4:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Dance workshop; 5:30 p.m.–6:15 p.m. Favorite Bulgarian and Macedonian party songs; 6:15 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Potluck dinner; 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Dance party with Kafana Klub)
  • Podkrepa Hall, 2116 North Killingsworth St, Portland
  • Tickets: $10 for the dance workshop, $8 for the singing class, $10 for the dance party, $20 Spring Festival Package (dance workshop, singing class and dance party); Pay at the door, Children under 13 free.
  • Event page

Dance and sing with Daniela Ivanova. Have great fun with our faithful, fantastic band Kafana Klub from Portland! Enjoy the most delicious ethnic Bulgarian food in Oregon State!

The Balkans: Rumelia, 3/18

  • Monday, March 18, 8:00 p.m.
  • The Blue Monk, 3341 SE Belmont, Portland
  • $5 cover
  • Event page

Join Rumelia on tour celebrating the release of the debut CD “Lost & Found” with the lovely Sara Leah Gentner.

Eclectic Southeast Europe: Cafe Istanbul, 3/19


Join hosts Rachel Brice, Danielle Elizabeth, and Jason Ramirez for an evening of deliriously opulent live Middle Eastern, Greek, and Balkan music and belly dance.

Dancing by: Rachel Brice, Danielle Elizabeth, and special out-of-town guest Aziza, one of the most talented, energetic, and in-demand cabaret belly dancers around the globe.

Music by: Jason Ramirez, Brett Pitner, David Reihs, and special out-of-town guests Greg Jenkins (Brass Menazeri, MWE) and Nick Maroussis (Dromeno, Pastatiempo).

Romania/Romany: Fishtank Ensemble with Everything’s Jake, 3/21

Eclectic Central/Eastern Europe: Trio Tsuica with Night Folk and The Short Stories, 3/25

  • Monday, March 25, 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
  • Jimmy’s Salon Du Musique–The Darkside, Jade Lounge, 2342 SE Ankeny, Portland
  • Free, tips appreciated!

Trio Tsuica will be performing Hungarian, Romanian, and Balkan music at the Jade Lounge along with artists Night Folk and the Short Stories.

The Trio Tsuica is an actual band of Transylvanian hipsters playing the music of gypsy cultists from their strange & faraway land. Katya, Pavel and their quite mad violinist, Sergei, plan to burn all evil souls to cinders with their wild, cabala based rhythms. Night Folk are zombie-attired folksingers with a penchant for Elizabethan ballads. The Short Stories are another ghoulishly attired folk group featuring the Polish Princess, Jennifer Smieja, on astounding astral chanting, and presenting their tales of the mundane made chilling.

Hungary: 3 Leg Torso, 3/27

  • Wednesday, March 27, 7:30 p.m.
  • Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., Portland
  • Tickets: $18 general admission, $15 students and seniors
  • Cafe Istanbul website

Join 3 Leg Torso and 45th Parallel for a production of “To Hungary and Beyond: An Evening of Musical Eclectica” with special guest appearance by Grammy nominated pianist, Adam Neiman. The two ensembles will be celebrating and performing music by Dohnanyi, Monti, and other exciting and fiery pieces from various cultures around the globe.

Embracing his cultural and musical roots, Béla R. Balogh and the members of 3 Leg Torso will unleash an interpretation of Vittorio Monti’s Csárdás, a tribute to the quintessential Hungarian dance of the same name. 3 Leg Torso’s world class percussionists Gary Irvine (The Harry Partch Ensemble) and T.J. Arko put an explosive musical twist on the theme with a Latin influence while using unorthodox instruments including the bicycle bell and xylophone.

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