Balkan Café at 118 Elliot in Brattleboro to offer international music, traditional dance, and food on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. Easy, beginner-friendly dances will be scattered throughout the afternoon with light teaching. Live music by Boston-based quartet Dean Brown, Colin Ferguson, Heather Lee, and David Skidmore. All levels welcome! Suggested donation $12. More information 802-257-9513 or Facebook.com/BrattleboroFolkDance
Dean Brown (guitar, tambura, dumbek, vocals) has been playing Balkan music longer than he likes to admit. Surrounded by music and musicians since early childhood, Colin Ferguson (accordion, keyboard, tambura, dumbek, vocals) became immersed in the international folk music scene in 1991. Heather Lee (vocals, tambura) began playing and singing Balkan music with the Mandala Folk Dance Ensemble in 1999, and David Skidmore (percussion, kaval, clarinet, vocals) is a long-time figure in the Boston area international dance scene.