Blato Zlato is a New Orleans-based Balkan band that puts a contemporary Louisiana twist on traditional folk music from Eastern Europe. The band performs dark, improvisational arrangements with particular focus on Bulgarian folk songs, three-part vocal harmonies, and driving, odd-metered rhythms. Hailed as a band with “galactic ambitions” by The New Orleans Advocate, Blato Zlato features musicians from Europe and the United States with a collective goal to produce meaningful cultural and musical bridges between the two continents. In 2019, Blato Zlato released their anticipated sophomore album, In The Wake, following their acclaimed 2017 releases of their debut album Swamp Gold and limited-edition EP Voyage. They have toured both within the U.S. on the East and West Coasts as well as throughout Europe. This is their first time performing in Bloomington.