Gogol Bordello is a Gypsy Punk Band from New York City. They combine East European music with a punk attitude. Their name comes from the Russian writer Nikolai Gogol and the Italian word for brothel. Lead by Ukrainian born singer Eugene Hutz who looks like a .... gypsy. If you want to cast somebody in a movie as a gypsy, he is that mustached man. The rest of the band consists of a violin player who looks like Mic Fleetwood, a drummer, a percussionist who has a hand painted over his mouth, an accordion player wearing combat boots, a guitar player, a bass player, and two back-up dancer/singers with matching bedazzled boxing shorts. The tour is a celebration of their Ten Year Anniversary as a band.
|Eugene Hutz leading a sing-a-long|
The night ended with Johnny Cash and Joe Strummer from The Clash singing Bob Marley's Redemption Song on the house speakers. It was fitting to hear iconic country and punk singers performing maybe the best Reggie Song ever written. Proving the power of combing genres and cultures can result in great art.
See you at the next show. I'll be the one far away from the Stink Cloud.