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Blato Zlato in Concert

September 17, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Blato Zlato, featuring NBS alum Ruby Ross ’00,  will be performing on the outdoor stage at North Branch School in Nelson County’s Afton, VA, a 25-minute drive from Charlottesville at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Please bring your own camp chair or blanket. Music begins at 7pm. (Please note: rain will move the performance inside.)
Suggested admission price is $20 for adults and $5 for children over 5. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds, but please support these wonderful musicians to the best of your ability. Concert proceeds help keep them on the road and making music.
Hailed as a band with “galactic ambitions,” Blato Zlato is a powerhouse Balkan music collective that weaves the magic of traditional Eastern European folk music with contemporary textural majesty. The group captivates listeners with dark and haunting three-part vocal harmonies and thunderous odd-metered rhythms. As a part of the Balkan musical diaspora, Blato Zlato explores the immigrant experience and seeks to build meaningful cultural and musical bridges between continents, with particular focus on Bulgarian folk songs and Bulgarian language-based compositions.
Based in New Orleans, Blato Zlato has gained a loyal international following after touring in both the U.S. and Europe. The group has been featured several times on Bulgarian National Television and Radio and has appeared on Folk Radio UK, NYC Radio Live, and the Village Voice. In 2019, Blato Zlato released their anticipated sophomore album, In The Wake, which charted at #33 on the Transglobal World Music Chart’s 2019-2020 Top 100 Albums. In 2022, the band was selected as an Official Showcasing Artist at South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival & Conference. Other highlights include an array of diverse musical collaborations with such artists as Nels Cline (Wilco), Binky Griptite (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings), Leyla McCalla, Carl LeBlanc (Sun Ra Arkestra), Helen Gillet, and Wendell Brunious (Preservation Hall Jazz Band).


September 17, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm