Balkan sounds: The Rumelia Collective
Members of the popular local folk band known as the Rumelia Collective can sometimes be found around town at karaoke nights, impressing bar crowds with stellar renditions of rock songs that most amateurs would never attempt to sing in public. The Rumelia Collective present their first concert with a new lineup at San Miguel Chapel (401 Old Santa Fe Trail) on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. Alysha Shaw, Sitara Schauer, Nicolle Jensen, Willa Roberts, and Hayriye Bü¸sra Solak (below, left to right) perform traditional folk songs from Albania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Russia, and other parts of Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Their contemporary style means they flit easily between searing ballads and uptempo dance songs, and their strikingly lush vocal harmonies are likely to be especially powerful in the intimate setting of the centuries-old adobe church. Admission is $20 at the door ($10 for students and seniors; free for children under 12). For more information call 505-795-9145. — J.L.