|Lyuti Churhki performs traditional Bulgarian music.|
The Annandale community got a taste of Bulgaria Saturday evening as the group Lyuti Chushki performed at Bulgarian Cultural Night at Ossian Hall Park.
Lyuti Chushki means “hot peppers” in Bulgarian, and as a handout from the group says, “you can’t have a feast without them.” The group has been playing at weddings, festivals, and parties since 1997.
|Audience members know the moves.|
The band consists of Valeri Georgriev on kaval (flute), Boril Peychinov on accordion, vocalist Tzvety Weiner, and Larry Weiner on tupan (a large drum).
Audience members, including some Bulgarians who came from Maryland for the show, joined in with traditional Bulgarian dances. One of the group’s favorite songs is about a woman who’s as enticing but also as difficult as a hot pepper.
|A perfect evening for an outdoor concert.|
There are cultural heritage shows every Saturday, 7:30-8:30 p.m., all summer long at Ossian Hall Park. The next show, June 25, features the music of Taiwan.
Those shows are part of the Mason District Spotlight by Starlight series, as are the free outdoor concerts every Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday, 7:30 p.m., at the amphitheater in Mason District Park.
Upcoming shows at Mason District park include the Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra tonight, Gina DeSimone and the Moaners (blues/swing) on June 22, Lysette Titi Oweleo, (R&B and soul) on June 24, and the National Concert Band of America on June 26.
The concert series also includes occasional children’s shows Saturdays at 10 a.m. The next one features the Grandsons Jr. on June 25. They’re the kids version of the popular roots/rock band, the Grandsons.
If it’s raining the shows are canceled. If it looks like it’s going to rain, call 703-324-7469 before heading out.