by Josipa Zekanovic
A treat for alternative music fans in the Dalmatian city of Šibenik.
Famous gypsy punk attraction Kultur Shock, a band with members from both USA and the Balkans who are creating very strong and energetic music will perform in Šibenik on 20 April.
The concert will be held in an abandoned military base where the Importanne shoping mall was to be built in the heart town. The concert is part of Kulturaljka, which is a two-part cultural and music event that is held for the ninth year in a row organised by PARK. The first part of the project relates to exhibitions, tribunes, educational lectures, and workshops with a concert held at the end of the manifestation by well know musicians.
Kultur Shock’s performance in Šibenik is part of their big 2019 European tour, where they will promote their new, unnamed album, which is coming out at the end of March. The Šibenik concert will be the only performance in Dalmatia during the tour. Special guest at their concert in Šibenik will be famous hip-hopper Eddo Maajka. They will perform a couple of their common songs that are on their album “Tales of the two Gurus” from 2016.
Their EU tour 2019 includes this dates and places:
3/29 – Munich (DE) – Import Export
3/30 – Frankfurt (DE) – AU
4/01 – Wroclaw (PL) – D.K. Luksus
4/03 – Prague (CZ) – Rock Café Prague
4/04 – Kranj (SI) – TrainStation SubArt
4/05 – Udine (IT) – Backyardie
4/06 – Rijeka (HR) – Pogon Kulture
4/07 – Novi Sad (RS) – Gerila Bar
4/10 – Belgrade (RS) – SubBeerni Centar
4/11 – Sofia (BG) – “Mixtape 5”
4/12 – Thessaloniki (GR) – Principal Club Theater Thessaloniki
4/13 – Athens (GR) – AN club ‘official’
4/15 – Skopje (MK) – MKC Младински Културен Центар
4/17 – Srebrenica (BiH) – Stara Pivnica Srebrenica Wave
4/18 – Mostar (BiH) – OKC Abrašević
4/19 – Sarajevo (BiH) – Cinemas Sloga Sarajevo
4/20 – Sibenik (HR) – Kulturaljka
Kultur Shock is a Seattle-based gypsy punk band which specialises in mixing music like rock, metal and punk with traditional Balkan music. Established in 1996, this year they are celebrating their big 20th birthday.
“With over 800 concerts under their belt and a rabid fanbase that spans the globe, Seattle music stalwarts Kultur Shock defiantly return with their highly anticipated new album IX. The outfit’s most refined and masterful effort to date was released October 10, 2014, and was recorded by legendary Seattle producer Jack Endino. Although often compared to their better-known supporters System of a Down and former tour-mates Gogol Bordello, Kultur Shock’s sound is anti- establisment to the ragged bone; a hybrid of native trad and Western rock that asks more questions than it answers. Led by vocalist and songwriter Gino Srdjan Yevdjevich, a former Yugoslav pop star turned anarchist, Kultur Shock’s latest release finds the band embracing their heavier side with bombastic Sabbath-style riffs eloping with odd-metered rhythms that inexplicably result in their most danceable release to date. Yevdjevich’s longing wail on opening track “Home” is an explicit warning to passive listeners that they might reconsider the nature of their visit. Introductions aside, IX wastes no time doing away with any preconceptions of the band. Kultur Shock’s signature sound is intact but on a whole new level; from the Balkan punk madness of Unamerican to the self-preservationists battle-cry Bogu Dusu, this is a band rediscovering itself in front of listeners’ ears.” – states in their biography.
You can buy tickets in Šibenik at Baldekin Caffe Bar, Narodna Republika Bono, Azimut. In Zadar you can find tickets at Indie Bar&Caffe, and in Split at Split Circus (Monty Python). There are also links for ticket sales online at http://bit.ly/Kulturaljka and http://bit.ly/EntrioOutlets .