Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Month of Juana Ghani Begins!

Fasten your seat belts - here we go!

June is going to be a jam packed month of Juana Ghani goodness.  Are you ready?  Pull out your calendars and start marking these dates:

Friday, June 3 - The Underground Cabaret returns with Juana Ghani and La D├Ęcollatage, complete with belly dancers, burlesque, fire dancers, pole dancers, and more!

Saturday, June 4 - Baktalo Drom at Utah Arts Alliance - Juana Ghani and some amazing belly dancing and the grand debut of the wonderful new THE WICKED!  

Sunday, June 5 - Juana Ghani will hit the International Stage at the Utah Pride Festival at 4:00 p.m.  This is guaranteed to an amazing afternoon!

And that's all just this weekend!  The party just keeps going all month long!

Saturday, June 11 - Juana Ghani will be playing on the Acoustic Stage at the Ogden Arts Festival at 7:00 p.m.


Saturday, June 18th is a private party.  If you're a part of that, it's going to fun, Fun, FUN!

And on Saturday, June 25th, Juana Ghani will be bringing the party to the City-County steps for the Utah Arts Festival at 8:00 p.m.

Of course, we'll have some of our EPs (set your own price for these) and our very special 2 fl. oz. shot glasses ($5 each) with us, if you'd like to buy some.  They make great gifts, too.  Jus' sayin'.

And if that's not enough Juana Ghani good times for you, you can always log in to Utah Musicians Radio where you can hear our music played everyday! 

So ... here we go!  BUDMO! Hey!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Earth Jam ... and stuff

Oh, Earth Jam!  What fun that was!  And what better way to celebrate Mother Earth than by experiencing, embracing and celebrating Her in all Her glorious moods ... and all in one day!  We began the morning with snow, creating a bit of a costume panic amongst the belly dancers, then moved into a soft rain that enhanced the smells of fecund earth and Creation, and by performance time found ourselves illuminated by an early afternoon sun.  Personally, I think it was a perfect day.

We'd like to extend our love and gratitude to everybody who came out to celebrate with us that day: Our dancers, as always but especially, for braving the inconsistent weather to bring that extra something special to our set and for sharing their joy with us and with the audience; Our band for just being so damned fabulous;  Byron Owens and his oh-so-sexy saw for sitting in with us (we love it when he does that!); Our audience for loving what we do and for coming out to support us regardless of the weather conditions; Circus Pandemonium for letting us sit in with them and share their celebration of Earth.

Check out this fan-made photo montage of our Earth Jam set:  (Thanks, Dick Marler!  Wonderful photos!)

Earth Jam was also our last show with brother Travis Pierce who has been playing baritone saxophone and bass with us.  He has been such a gift to us and is so amazingly talented!  We are really going to miss him being a part of our kumpania and we wish him the very best!  Perhaps we can persuade him in the future to join us for an occasional tune or two in a ninja capacity.

We are welcoming new brother Allen Mautner to our family on stand-up bass.  Born and raised in Rome, Italy, he is a world traveler and gifted multi-instrumentalist.  He is coming to us straight from San Diego, California, and will be joining us onstage for the first time at our upcoming show at The Woodshed in SLC on Thursday, May 19th.  Come out, check him out, and welcome him to the kumpania alt-Gypsy style!  Budmo!

Before I step outside to enjoy some of this beautiful spring weather in my garden, here a few dates to circle on your calendar (check our EVENTS page for more info):
  • Thursday, May 19 - Juana Ghani with special guest N.I.N.A. at The Woodshed
  • Friday, June 3 - Underground Cabaret at Bar Deluxe - Juana Ghani, La Decollatage, belly dancers, fire dancers, and more!
  • Saturday, June 4 - Baktalo Drom at Utah Arts Alliance - Juana Ghani, The Wicked, and Gypsy dancing
  • Sunday, June 5 - Juana Ghani will be on the international stage at the Utah Pride celebration, downtown SLC
  • Saturday, June 11 - Juana Ghani will be at the Ogden Arts Festival
  • Saturday, June 25 - Juana Ghani will be at the Utah Arts Festival, downtown SLC
Have a beautiful day!