Night two of Rebetika: The Blues of Greece at the Onassis Cultural Foundation in NYC was called "The Evolution," and featured performances of more current popular songs. The room was packed with an audience enthusiastically calling out requests, singing and clapping along.
I don't speak any Greek so I didn't know what any of the lyrics were specifically saying, and having grown up in the States none of the melodies were familiar to me; but if anything this just heightened the sensation of being in a room full of pure feeling. The middleman of language was cut out; all that was left to discern was joy.
Performers were Lena Kitsopoulou, song; Kostas Gerakis, guitar; Ilias Krommydas, accordion; and Georgios Petroudis, bouzouki.