TOURING GYPSY BRINGS FIVE-PIECE FUSION SOUND
TO THE LINCOLN CITY CULTURAL CENTER
LINCOLN CITY – On Thursday, July 10, the Lincoln City Cultural Center will present a dynamic, multi-genre mix of original vocal and instrumental music, courtesy of the nationally touring band Occidental Gypsy. The Boston Globe has named them a “Best Bet for Weekend Entertainment,” and musician David Bromberg said of the group, “great singing, fantastic guitar and violin work, with high energy originals that leave the crowd crazy. An awesome band.”
Occidental Gypsy will play a two-set show inside the groovy and acoustically refined auditorium of the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101. Doors to the house open at 6:30 pm, with the July 11 show to begin at 7 pm. Tickets, $15 in advance and $17 at the door, are on sale now at the center, or by calling 541-994-9994.
Occidental Gypsy has played legendary venues such as Nighttown in Cleveland, the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Blue Wisp in Cincinnati and the World Cafe, among others. They have shared the stage with such greats as Rikki Lee Jones, Jorma Kaukenen, Stanley Jordan, Joe Sample, Tony Rice, and David Bromberg, and band members have participated in side projects that have brought them around the world alongside legends.
Coming off a recent tour with Wynton Marsalis, Occidental’s violinist Eli Bishop rouses audiences with his expert, lightning-fast violin, while lead guitarist Brett Feldman drives the sound with swinging gypsy guitar. Front man Jonathan Hurley brings an eclectic and cinematic flair to the front of the stage (he has written and arranged film scores, played Italian opera in China and also has supported several country/rock groups hailing from Nashville), which fits perfectly with the band’s latest story-based approach to composition. Guatemalan percussionist Erick “Banny” Cifuentes and bassist Jeff Feldman round out the band’s rich sound and keep feet stomping with danceable rhythms.
The name Occidental Gypsy (Western gypsy) embodies the concept behind Gypsy World fusion. The group has taken the Gypsy sound that originated in Eastern Europe and brought it Over Here to blend it seamlessly with contemporary American music. Interestingly, Gypsy Swing was created by taking American Jazz to the East and blending it with the Gypsy Folk tradition. Now almost a century later Occidental Gypsy brings the music back home.