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Aman Amen Musical theater rembetika Athens Greece

I find it’s something a lot folks planning trips to Athens ask me about.  And while there was a time long ago when I could stay up late enough to have an underground Greek blues night with friends in Athens, I’m not so good at those late nights anymore (and frankly most guests visiting Greece want to enjoy their days, not sleep through them, so rembetika until 4 AM doesn’t really work too well for the average tourist.)

So I’m really excited about my return to Athens next week. I’ve just bought tickets for Aman Amen, a new musical directed by Greek composer Stavros Xarchakos.  Can’t wait to share my love of rembetika with guests, especially those who’ll be in Athens with their teenagers over February mid-winter break.  Finally those who don’t want to stay up until the wee hours of the morning (and fight the smoke filled rooms) have a chance to take a journey back in time and place into the underground world of the Greek “blues”.  The period costumes look fabulous and the music as fresh today (If you felt like staying up late in Athens you’d find that they’re playing and singing and dancing to the same songs today in as they were in the ’30s & ’40s.)

Checkout the Event Calendar in the sidebar for links to the theater and to purchase tickets (10e – 25e).



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!