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Hang on! Handpan player Spyros Pan performing in live concerts across the Cyclades this summer

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Spyros Pan concert poster

Promotional poster for the Spyros Pan Hang Solo Concerts this weekend at the Magaya Beach Restaurant in the Paros port town of Paroikia

 

Cyclades tour: If you’re looking for good food and some unusual musical entertainment on Paros island this weekend, the Magaya Beach Restaurant in Paroikia has just the ticket — two live concerts by hang and handpan player Spyros Pan.

In case you’re wondering exactly what a “hang” and “handpan” are (I’ll admit I had a vague idea, but still had to do a Google search to find out for certain), they are percussion musical instruments related to the steel drums from Trinidad. (Detailed information, photos, audio samples and videos of both instruments can be found on David Kuckhermann’s fascinating World Percussion website, Framedrums.)

The two Spyros Pan performances in Paros are scheduled for 8 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.  The Magaya Beach Restaurant is situated on Souvlia beach, which is just a short distance southwest of Paroikia.

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Music fest at Crete’s Matala beach this weekend

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Matala Beach Festival website photo of Matala Beach on the southern coast of Crete

This photo of Matala Beach on the southern coast of Crete appears on the Matala Beach Festival website. The 3rd annual music event is underway this weekend.

 

Hippy haven: A southern Crete beach made famous by the hippies during the 1960s and 70s will be rocking with music from that era — and the years since — all weekend long.

The 3rd annual Matala Beach Festival started yesterday and runs until Monday at legendary Matala Beach, with 40 concerts scheduled to take place on four stages over the course of the weekend.

 

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A minstrel in Mykonos Town

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A bouzouki player entertains tourists in the Kastro area of Mykonos Town while one of the Mykonos pelicans preens behind him

Musician Andreas Tsironis plays the bouzouki while one of the island’s famous pelicans preens on the wall behind him in the Kastro area of Mykonos Town

 

 

Tunes for tourists: Cruise ship passengers who headed for the Kastro area of Mykonos Town in hopes of seeing one of the famous Mykonos pelicans, as well as the iconic Paraportiani Church, got a triple treat while visiting the island recently.

They not only got to see both the church and one of the popular birds in the same place, but they also got to enjoy some live musical entertainment at the same time, courtesy of a local bouzouki busker.

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Greece celebrating European Music Day on Friday with free concerts at 28 city & island locations

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Paros Park Poster

A European Music Day promotional poster for evening events taking place June 21 at the Paros Park near Naoussa on Paros island. Paros is one of 28 Greek cities and islands hosting concerts and activities for the annual event.

 

 

Solstice songfest: Greece will face the music Friday as more than 28 different city and island locations across the country celebrate European Music Day with over 200 free music events and performances in public venues.

More than 2,000 professional and amateur musicians will take to the stage in streets, squares, parks theaters and transportation stations throughout the country to perform a wide variety of music genres, including classical, folk, jazz, rock and hip hop.

Participating locations include Agios Dimitrios (Attica), Agrinio, Athina, Amaliada, Filipiada, Didimoticho, Edessa, Domokos, Drama, Iraklio (Crete), Thessaloniki, Kavala, Kallithea (Attica), Komotini, Kithira, Kos, Moschato-Tavros (Attica), Larisa, Livadia, Naxos, Xanthi, Paros, Preveza, Salamina, Santorini, Serres, Veria and Volos.

 

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