Juana Ghani’s music is fast, fun and easy to listen to. The costumes fit the gypsy theme and there was a lot of color everywhere. There was a good sized band that night, including a tuba player and a guy banging a Bodhran style drum. The fire dancers were graceful but exciting and hard to look away from. The aerial dancer kept people on their toes with her acrobatic performance using only silks hanging from a metal frame sort of like a swing set. A man in a bat-like costume dancing on stilts fascinated people with his balance and interesting attire. The belly dancers were fun to watch, with their jerky movements styled in such a way that makes it all look graceful. Their last song had the audience up and dancing around.
It was a good night for Juana Ghani, audience members and all involved. The Gypsy Circus was a couple of hours spent in good, clean fun. The show was all ages so even kids were having a good time. It might be a good idea to check what’s going on through Facebook or their website to find out when the next one is.
Natalie Jones, Examiner.com May 19, 2015
Juana Ghiani was an experience that went far beyond the bandstand. They have a familial tribal vibe going on that makes a fun atmosphere long before the music starts to play. Once they get started, the music kicks into dance-time, with clean controlled rhythms and expressive singing. I’ve experienced these same Euro-Folk vibes in France, England, and Holland ... the inclusiveness and simple fun are impossible to beat
Michael's Blog:Beat the Devil Mar 30, 2014
This is acoustic euro-gypsy-vodka-punk from the Rocky Mountains, infused with romantic fin-de-siècle decadence. It’s not literally faithful to any one specific musical tradition, but it sounds completely authentic nevertheless; She Lost Her Head contains nine original and two traditional songs, performed with total commitment and a real sense that the band is living the life its music represents. There is a distinctly central European vibe to the music, both in its insistent off-beat rhythms and in the deep joyful melancholy expressed by its modalities and its soulful delivery. This is music to share vodka (or absinthe) to, to dance to in a big, happy, drunken crowd, to sing along with while tears stream down your face, a soundtrack for the sunrise at the end of a long night of half-remembered revelry. Juana Ghani are a beautiful band, playing right from the heart with inspiring intensity; this is communal, inclusive, life and death music.
Oliver Arditi September 25, 2014