Americanistan is a World music group inspired by the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and beyond. We perform with many different acoustic ethnic instruments from Egypt, Turkey, India, & Europe. We often include dance performances and special guest musicians in our shows. Core members are Wayne “Omar” Gilbertson, Janet Naylor, John Marzicola and Dunya (Denise Gilbertson). Anna Armaiti sometimes sings with the band and Kenneth Helms is a special guest musician. The name Americanistan was formed by taking the suffix -istan, which means “my country” and adding it to American. We honor the traditions that inspire our music while acknowledging that we are American artists adding our own interpretations to the music.
Americanistan performs frequently at venues in Eugene and all around Oregon. MEDGE welcomes Americanistan as featured performers for our “all live music” November show!
Learn more about Americanistan and their music at www.americanistan.com.
MEDGE offers regular monthly shows the third Friday of each month at The Strand/Cozmic Pizza, 8th & Charnelton in Eugene, OR. Shows are family-friendly. 8:30 p.m., $5 suggested donation.