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I’m kind of at a loss of how to describe this, but I guess the closest I can come from an American in Athens perspective is to call it the Greek version of “torch” – that sultry, smokey music that quickly whisks its audience back to another time and place. Though in 2010 you’ll be in the lovely courtyard theater at the Badminton Theater in Athens (well, Goudi actually!) all you need to do is close your eyes and listen and you’ll find yourself transported to Athens of the 1960’s.
For me personally, this is an absolue throwback to Chicago’s very own Deni’s Den (my college ere hangout — ok, it was post 1970’s, but the great thing about Chicago’s Greek American community is that they lagged a bit behind Greece, so the ear of the Greek “bouat” or nightclub, which may have disappeared in Athens by the 70’s, lasted well into the last 80’s in American city’s with large Greek population (perhaps elsewhere in the Greek diaspora it was the same).
SO if you are adverse to th late late nights of today’s smokey mega-clubs, try an evening spent in the courtyard theater with Popi Asteriadi, Michali Violari, Kostas Karalis, Lizatta Nikolaou & Katie Chomata and let them lead you on a journey back to the now disappearing night club era of the 60’s and 70’s

Badminton Courtyard Theater, Goudi, 211108602.
Wed, Thurs., Fri., Sat.: 9.30 pm. Tickets.: € 20.

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By Athensguide

How does a little girl from Skokie, Illinois find herself in historical Athens, leading curious explorers through the winding streets of Plaka, down "pezodromos" to hidden ouzeries for tempting mezedhes and homemade barrel wine? The journey began more than twenty years ago, and regardless of whether the wanderlust comes from the spiritual and culture DNA flowing through my veins, or the alignment of the stars on that cold mid-December day this Sagitterian came into the world, I never seem to tire of exploring my adopted homeland of Greece. Here you'll join me as I explore Athens: be it the back streets of Psirri and Gazi, or through the National Gardens and Zappeio where a family of turtles makes their home, or down wide, treelined Imittou Street in Pagrati, which pulses with Athenian life 24 hours a day. And while Athens has stolen my heart, the rest of Greece vies for my curiousity and wanderlust. My two guys (that'd be the Greek God, Vasilis and our Greek dog, Scruffy) and I can often be found settling in for a long weekend in some charming mountain village, or a quaint fishing port on a nearby island, or learning how Greek vitners are producing wines that rival some of Napa Valley's finests productions, or celebrating a panayeri in Epirus or sharing in the festivities as a family of Cretan sheepherders come together to sheer their 1500 sheep in the spring ... And if you happen to find yourself heading to Athens, consider finding yourself a real home for your stay. Living amongst the locals, be it for 3 nights or 3 weeks, will offer you the chance to experience true Athens, beyond the Acropolis. Choose from one of our 5 beautiful penthouse and historical homes, and who knows, I may be leading you down that winding "pezodromo" to our favorite hidden ouzerie!

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