Gogol Bordello - A gypsy punk bank from USA is an international phenomenom that could have only possibly have been made in America. Front man Eugene Hutz was born in the Ukraine, grew up with Roma gypsies and emigrated to the US with his family to escape the totalitarian regime. He listened to rock and roll music on the sly on the Voice of America with his father growing up there and for this they were constantly in big trouble. After coming to America and discovering his new found freedom he quickly made music the centerpiece of his life. This is not your average rock n roll. I attended a New Year's Eve show in Philadelphia in 2009 and to date it's the only show by a big name band that put out a spread to ring in the new year. Oh yeah, and that included pickled herring! Prepared to be surprised. This is intelligent, thoughtful, international music that is absolutely impossible to stay still for. The band is an long standing example of a cross cultural success story like no other. It includes Sergey Ryabtse from Russia on violin, Yuri Lemstev from Ukraine on accordian, Pedro from Ecuador on backup vocals & extra percussion instruments, Michale Bernard Ward from Germany on guitar, Tommy T from Ethiopia on bass, Elizabeth Chi-Wei Sun as back-up singer and a bonifide American, Oliver Francis Charles on drums. Established in the early 1990's in small Russian NYC clubs, this band just may be one of the hardest working bands around with a tour schedule circling the globe several times over every year with more than 100 dates. They're different. that's an understatement. They've got a mission statement for the band. Band member profiles on the website ( www.GogolBordello.com ) include family ethnicity, recommended books, LPs & films. Check them out live, read their lyrics. Worthy of special mention are our favorite tunes 'Supertheory of SuperEverything'; 'Ultimate'; Wunderlust King' & the song 'Dub the Frequency of Love' about reggae music and how it's become so beloved the world over as a force of positive vibration. Join the Tribal Connection. . .
C.Most, Founder of the Cultural Compass Institute