Blato Zlato

  • Thu, Dec 9, 2021 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • The Broadside

    600 North Broad Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70119

Ticket Price $15.00 Buy Tickets

Blato Zlato

Based in Louisiana yet rooted in Balkan traditions, Blato Zlato features dreamy three-part vocal harmonies over hard-hitting instrumentals.  Inspired by the ancient traditions of their heritage and steeped in the diverse cultural influences of the New Orleans music scene, the band breathes life into new, contemporary arrangements of traditional Eastern European melodies while also composing a new generation of folk songs. With many band members raised in Eastern Europe and having ancestry there, the band’s music aims to explore and preserve the traditional elements of Balkan music that make it so unique – the rhythm, melody, harmony and storytelling – but musically translate these songs with influences of each member’s unique musical background. Elements of modern and New Orleans jazz, contemporary classical, and even psychedelic and metal seep through the folk arrangements forming Blato Zlato’s unprecedented genre of progressive Balkan folk-rock.

“Aggressive… a band rocking out with exotic sounds…. The best moments happen when [the vocal] harmonies meet with the band’s rolling thunder.” – Offbeat Magazine, 2017.

Following the 2017 release of their debut album Swamp Gold and subsequent EP Voyage, the band has taken the New Orleans music scene by storm, broadening their fan base from bars and clubs to museums, universities, and the local festival circuit.  Hailed as a band with “galactic ambitions” by The New Orleans Advocate, Blato Zlato is a powerhouse of accomplished players with a collective goal to produce meaningful cultural and musical bridges between old world and new.  Their hard work has resulted in two recent national and international tours, including appearances on several festival stages across North America and Europe, and an array of diverse musical collaborations with such artists as Nels Cline (Wilco), Binky Griptite (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings), Leyla McCalla, Carl LeBlanc (Sun Ra Arkestra), Helen Gillet, and Wendell Brunious (Preservation Hall Jazz Band All Stars).  The band has appeared several times on Bulgarian National Television and Radio in Bulgaria, their second homebase, and has been featured on Folk Radio UK, NYC Radio Live, Brooklyn Vegan, the Village Voice, and Offbeat Magazine.

Following two years of touring in both North America and Europe, the band released their anticipated sophomore album, In The Wake, on Nov. 22. The album pays homage to the band’s dual musical homes of New Orleans and Bulgaria, featuring modern interpretations of Balkan folk traditions steeped in the band’s uniquely dark sound and inspired by their lives in New Orleans, a city teeming with both musical richness and seasonal flooding. The result is a concept album that, while musically rooted in Bulgarian tradition, reflects heavily on New Orleans’ tenuous yet binding relationship with nature.

Date & Time

Thu, Dec 9, 2021 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Venue Details

The Broadside

600 North Broad Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70119

The Broadside
The Broadside

1) The showtime listed for the event is the time the event starts. Doors will open hour before, if not already open.
2)  We do allow pets during the day, but not at night for music (anything after 7pm).  If you bring a pet, please do not
walk around with the animal. Please keep them in your seated area if you need to visit the concession stand.
3) For any show under 500 people, per city guidelines, a vaccine card is not required. 
4) Mask are not required but are encouraged. 
6) Children 15 years and under do not need a ticket but do need an adult to accompany them.
7) Please do not park in the Broad Theater parking lot. We have parking lot for Broadside and plenty street parking available on Toulouse and Lafite. If you would like to be escorted to your car, please ask the Sheriff on duty. You pay also park in the Auto Zone parking lot if they are closed. 
8) CHAIR POLICY – we have 120 chair that are available on first come, first serve based. If you bring your own chair, you will be asked to put the on the outer sections of the site behind the house chairs. s available for seating in addition to many picnic tables.  If you you need to sit in a chair, please arrive at least 30 minutes before the show. You may also bring a chair if you like.