CULTURE

Good month for local acts

This looks like a good month for the domestic music circuit, with several of the country’s more credible contemporary acts performing shows at various venues in Athens. Tonight and tomorrow at the Gagarin 205 club, Yiannis Angelakas and his backing band Episkeptes, an adventurous ensemble numbering well over 10 musicians, will perform a show dominated by material off the frontman’s recently released album «Apo do ke Pano» (From Here and Above). Angelakas, formerly of the top-selling Thessaloniki rock band Trypes, has recently embarked on a more expansive musical adventure, which in terms of musical texture has drifted miles away from his strictly guitar-driven rock of the past. Embellishing the overall effort are some of the country’s more creative musicians, including experimental cellist Nikos Veliotis, a notable figure both at home and abroad. The venue’s doors for Angelakas’s two shows open at 9 o’clock on both nights. Tickets, priced at 20 euros, are selling at Ticket House (42 Panepistimiou), Metropolis music stores, and i-ticket.gr (telephone bookings: 801.11.60000 when calling from landline; 210.678.6000 when calling from mobile phone). Beginning tonight for Friday-and-Saturday runs throughout February, Manolis Famellos will be performing at the Stavros tou Notou club (Frantzi & 37 Tharypou, Neos Cosmos, tel 210.922.6975). These shows will feature material off a recent double album titled «Pote Opos Prin» (Never Like Before). Famellos has put together a new backing band for these shows. Also contributing will be three vocalists, Thodoris Kontakos, Liana Papalexi and Elsa Afentaki. It should be a noteworthy month at the Ston Aera club out in Petroupolis on the western flanks of Athens (11 Kassou, Petroupolis Main Square, tel 210.505.6199). Misirli Ahmet, a well-known Turkish percussionist, performs a second and final show there tonight with the group En Chordais. Other bookings at the venue this month include Nine Below Zero (4/2), Stathis Artinos (12/2), Active Member (17-18/2), and veteran Greek rockers Dimitris Poulikakos and Georges Pilali (24-25/2).