By TOM PELL
AN average acoustic night will usually guarantee you three things: hidden talent, not-sohidden musical disasters and, well, hollow-bodied instruments emitting soothing melodies.
Muzikstan promises to deliver much, much more. Its eclectic blend of live music, home-made food will transform the Old Print Works into a world of musical and culinary delights.
The event, which takes place every other Thursday, has seen acts perform with influences as varied as New Orleans jazz, reggae and traditional gypsy, klezmer and Kurdish music.
This month saw the return of founder Zirak Hamad who, on a fleeting visit to Birmingham from his native Kurdistan, performed as the front man of Birmingham-based trio Qaraj.
Violinist and drummer Zirak started the event in March 2012, with an aim to provide a unique stage upon which world musicians could share their work. March this year saw a first birthday party, with a performance from ska and reggae troupe The Equators.
Current organiser and resident chef Sophie Handy says: "It's such a dynamic mix of people. All the musicians have got a really great energy about them and plays says what a great atmosphere there is."
The homely feel is enhanced with some home-made grub.
Sophie adds: "I always make a kind of vegetable stew and then there's home-made cakes and teas and coffees. And they're in proper mugs!
"The sofas are out and there's always nice lighting and candles. It feels like everyone's living room."
The next event will take place tomorrow with music from Manchester's Honeyfeet and locals Abie's Miracle Tonic. Entry to the show, which starts at 7.30pm, is free although donations are collected.
The Old Print Works is at 506 Moseley Road in Balsall Heath.
Originally published by TOM PELL.
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