Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Disappearing boobs over Albuquerque

We visited the local Fox 13 news broadcast for a live taste of Juana Ghani's Gypsy Circus ahead of our show at the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City last week.  (The weather segment is fabulous!)

Friday, July 17, 2015



Juana Ghani is opening for the amazing DeVotchKa tomorrow night (Saturday, July 18) at Park City Live (427 Main Street / Park City, Utah).

Tickets are $30 for general admission and can be purchased here:

Doors open at 8:00pm.  This is a 21+ event.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

It's Circus Time!

We had so much fun throwing a circus for Excellence in the Community at the Gallivan Center last summer that we're doing it again!  This time we're taking the party to the Viridian Center in West Jordan, Utah, on May 9. 

Salt Lake City, Utah – Local acoustic Gypsy punk band Juana Ghani will perform at the Excellence in the Community Concert Series on Saturday, May 9th at the Viridian Center (8030 South 1825 West) in West Jordan.

Utah-based Juana Ghani is a 10-piece acoustic Gypsy rock band that mixes original compositions and traditional world folk songs, infusing them with punk energy and theatric sensibility to create a cabaret-meets-rock-n-roll feel. Accompanied by belly dancers, aerialists, fire dancers, and cirque performers, Juana Ghani puts on a raucous and charismatic show, drawing influences from such Gypsy/World punk troubadours as Gogol Bordello, Firewater and Viza – all with a poetic balladry likened to that of Tom Waits and Nick Cave. Juana Ghani’s Gypsy Circus is more than a concert; it is a show. And Juana Ghani is more than a band; they are a community.

Performing with Juana Ghani will be Tabla Arabia (Middle Eastern drums), Amina (belly dance, swords), Jenn Shamsa (belly dance), LaNae (belly dance), LeyLa & Paris (Bollywood), Chad Rockstar (stilts, fire), Heidi-Lyn Butterfly (stilts, fire, hoop), Miss Rio (fire, hoop), August (magic), Celeste McCulley (magic, balloons), Hope Banrion (aerial), Heather Garden (belly dance, fans) and Elias “Lefty” Caress (Ringmaster, magic, juggling).

The Viridian Center is located at 8030 South 1825 West in West Jordan, Utah. Doors open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:00pm. Admission is free for all ages.

Thursday, November 20, 2014


Oh, my!  This was such an amazingly fun photo shoot!  Photographer Renee Keith is so absolutely wonderful! 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Rajasthani Gypsy Caravan

What an amazing autumn we have been having!  We have played so many great shows and met so many wonderful people.  We can't wait for more!

Our last show for a while, at least until January 10 (oh, there's some big news there!), is going to be this Friday night, November 7, at Bar Deluxe.  We have the amazing honor to open for Rajasthani Gypsy Caravan who are currently on a US tour from India.  This is going to be such an amazing night!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Excellence in the Community

Joining Juana Ghani for this performance will be a plethora of Utah’s finest cirque performers and belly dancers, providing a fun-filled circus atmosphere that will include sword dancing, basket dancing, magic, juggling, belly dancing, stilt walkers, fire dancers, and other surprises. Featured dancers and performers are Amina, Alexandria,  Jennifer Payton, Mandi Johnson, Pretty Macabre, LaNae Surerus, Jenn Shamsa, Tammee Seal, Kevin James Seal, Chad Ashment, Heidi Lyn-Butterfly, Celeste Mcculley, and Ringmaster Elias Lefty Caress with a special appearance by Tabla ArabĂ­a.

Excellence in the Community featuring Juana Ghani will take place at the Gallivan Center located at 239 S. Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City on Thursday, August 21st. This family friendly event begins at 7:30pm and is free to the public.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Story Behind the Song - RAISE YOUR GLASS

When Brian was a very young guitar player, he found himself in a band with a group of other young musicians who very quickly became very good friends.  The kind of friends that become brothers.  They were constantly together.  They were there for each other throughout all the excesses of their youth, good and bad.  Even after Brian left the band to move to Los Angeles in pursuit of bigger dreams, they were there, cheering him all the way.  When he returned, they welcomed him back with open arms.  But something undefinable had changed. 

Years later, after they had all settled into life with families of their own, the friendship was still there, but they were never really as close as they had been.  It was as if secrets were being kept.  Still, they kept in touch with each other through regular phone calls and lunch get-togethers.  Then one day, as Brian was sitting down with the family for dinner, some music came drifting in the window from across the neighborhood.  Not just any music.  HIS music.  Songs he had written all those years ago were dancing along the breeze blowing through the windows of his home.  These friends of his – these men who had been such a large part of his life for decades – were playing his music without him at a party in his own neighborhood he was not invited to attend.  They were playing his music and passing it off as their own with no guilt, no shame, no explanation, and no apology.  They had betrayed his friendship and stolen his creation. 

This is the betrayal of Raise Your Glass.  Brian is the master, the song is the servant, those “friends” are the beast.

Raise Your Glass

Along the trail
The cold wet night
The servant and his master
They walked along
And sang a song
Fi diddly dee da die-o

The air was brisk
The night was still
Was there no need to wonder
The hunt was on
So sing a song
Fi diddly dee da die-o

They had no food
Nowhere to go
This servant and his master
A lonely pair
A shivered song
Fi diddly dee da die-o

Now raise your glass
And sing a toast
And drink until it’s empty
Sing to the east and
Sing to the west
The hunting hounds of hell

They heard a sound
A low down growl
A warning to be minded
A hairy beast
That sang a song
Fi diddly dee da die-o

The charge was fast
The beast attacked
The servant and his master
They had no time
To sing their song
Fi diddly dee da die-o

The master gasped
And tried to breath
As his heart was ripped wide open
The servant laughed
And sang a song
Fi diddly dee da die-o

Now raise your glass
And sing a toast
And drink until it’s empty
Sing to the east and
Sing to the west
The hungry hounds of hell

So off they went
Servant and beast
Along their merry way, yeah
They had the food
They had the song
Fi diddly dee da die-o

The master made
A splendid meal
For the Beast and servant
He filled them up
So sing a song
Fi diddly dee da die-o

So come with me
The Devil makes three
Toasts up to the Master
Raise up your cup
And sing along
The servant & the Master

Now raise your glass
And sing a toast
And drink until it’s empty
Sing to the east
Sing to the west
The drunken hounds of hell