The horn section is ready, the drums are longingly waiting to get in contact with the drumsticks and the massive balalaika already announces its powerful sound optically. The crowd experiences rising Balkan-Fever and goes ape on the first rhythms. Why? Because ”Gruppa Karl-Marx-Stadt” is in the house and they have brought joie de vivre set to music! Since 2013, while the world has gone madly into political saber-rattling, the combo from Chemnitz tries hard to remain the German-Russian friendship. And there is no better way to do so than by making music! The quintet roams the land with its mixture of self-penned compositions and cover versions of the Russian Skacore band Leningrad to make Balkan- Pop socially acceptable. Be it rumba, cha cha or funk – no rhythm is secure from them. The lyrics are written in a funny and charming manner and deal with everyday situations. True fans know: there is no shortage of anecdotes either. That fact alone should make you consider visiting one of the concerts.