If your visit to Greece includes dreams of live Greek music, under the moonlit sky, with bouzoukias playing then you’ve got to plan on seeing Manolis Mitsias in concert on August 28, 2009. The venue is an old olive oil factory in Elefsina, a 20 worthwhile 25 minutes from downtown Athens. If the concert replicates his performance earlier this year at the Herod Atticus Theater under the Acropolis, Mitsias will be retrace his journey from a little village in Halkidiki in northern Greece into the hearts of Greeks throughout the world. Mitsias’ voice draws its power from being rooted in the Greek folk song tradition and the Byzantine chant of the Orthodox church, and blossomed in the fertile soil of Greece’s entechno [art] song repertoire and musical settings for Greek poetry.
And if you can’t make the concert, here’s what you might be missing.