The Mediterranean folk band Baladino, who was scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. concert Friday night, has added a second performance earlier in the evening. The bonus performance, which was requested by the band after they learned their original concert sold out early in the week, will be at 5:00 p.m. Friday.
The five-member band plays a style of music known as a Ladino, which was created in the late 15th century when Jews were expelled from Spain and dispersed throughout the Mediterranean region.
“Ladino music is an immigrant music,” said Yonnie Dror, one of the group’s founding members. “Its story is one of Jewish people who were expelled from Spain and spread throughout the Mediterranean. With them they carried their language, which is basically medieval Spanish. As Ladino Jews moved and founded new communities from North Africa to Greece and Turkey, their songs took on local color.”
With roots to the past, Baladino is noted internationally for its ability to bring a fresh and innovative take on this traditional style of music, incorporating a Gypsy groove while embracing rock and electronic influences, said Nicolet College Theatre Director Jim Nuttall.
“They bring this modern twist to a style of music that has been popular in the Mediterranean region for generations,” Nuttall noted. “Their level of musicianship, from exquisite vocals to the mastery they have of their many instruments, is nothing short of stunning.”