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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pirates Take Dip in Clean Waters

Gorbushka, a huge video and audio market known for its plentitude of pirated products, is trying to go legal.

The open stage in the park's center has become a spot for weekend concerts, called Festival Gorbushka, attracting up to 3,000 people in the hopes they will be encouraged to buy legally produced music.

"We started the festival for people who love music and who come here to buy," general director Denis Baranov said.

Gorbushka, he says, accounts for up to 40 percent of Russia's legal audio and video market.

"When a singer performs in the regions, he works for a piracy market," he said. "But when he performs here, he advertises his own legal work."

Singer Sergei Mudrov recently issued two new albums and came here to promote them.

"It is a good chance for them to sort out whether they like a performer or not," he said, noting the obvious benefit of hearing live music versus recorded.

Alexei Muskatin, a producer for the group Revolvers 45, explains that advertising is the main reason his group performs here. "We want people to buy not pirated music, but CDs that are legally issued," he said. "Piracy must not be."

The Gorbushka stage is a good place for starting performers, who normally have a difficult time finding sizable venues to play in. Selling their music here also allows them to reap those financial benefits lost in illegal transactions.

Not to mention that some of their music is not yet popular enough to be worth a bootlegger's time.

And the concerts do make people buy, whether or not they intended to. Yelena, 20, was more interested in classical music, but found herself buying Mudrov's album, "Nasmeshnitsa," after hearing his "romantic" music.

Free concerts are held from noon to 5 p.m. every Sat. and Sun. at the otkrytaya ploshchadka, or the open stage, of the Gorbushka market, a short walk away from Metro Bagrationovskaya. This Saturday sees Alexei Glyzin, former soloist of the '70s band Vesyoliye Rebyata, and rock group Kalinov Most in the lineup. Popular pop-rock band Moralny Kodeks plays Sunday.

- Max Ognev