Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest
Featuring Harmonious Wail and the Gonzalo Bergara Trio.
This traveling music festival carries on the 13-year success of The Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest and brings together two amazingly entertaining groups – Harmonious Wail and The Gonzalo Bergara Trio.
Harmonious Wail has its own unique blend of musical styles, drawing from the rich influence of the European gypsy musicians, most notably Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. The band’s music fills the senses with incredible performances in the genre of bands such as The Manhattan Transfer and Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks. Harmonious Wail is made up of three talented musicians playing jazz, be-bop and Gypsy Swing, featuring smoky vocals, original and cover songs and fabulous audience rapport. Be sure not to miss lead singer Maggie Delaney-Potthoff playing her cardboard box drum and a pair of scissors for a series of unique and perfectly-blended sounds. Bandleader Sims Delaney-Potthoff plays guitar, mandolin and ukulele, while Jeff Weiss plays stand-up bass and electric bass.
Gonzalo Bergara has emerged a virtuoso composer and lead guitarist. Mixing a cascade of arpeggios with the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina, he has forged his own style of progressive Gypsy Jazz. His music exists in a way that very little music does. He has lavished such care on every phrase, built each arrangement with such
lapidary precision and pared away anything extraneous, the music becomes sculpture. It has weight, density, gravity. This is serious….and deeply moving. Bergara began playing professionally at age 16 in Buenos Aires. By 17 he was already fronting his own blues trio on National Television. In 2000, at age 19, he arrived in America. He’s toured worldwide with John Jorgensen Quintet, as well as performing and recording with hundreds of artists including Tim Hausser from Manhattan Transfer, Sylvie Vartan, Dan Hicks, and Howard Alden. Gonzalo’s touring resume covers Croatia, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Hungary, Argentina, Brazil, England, Scotland and the United States, with notable appearances at Playboy Jazz Fest, Sweet and Hot Jazz Fest, The Montreal Jazz Fest, Django Reinhardt Fest (Germany), Suev Guitar Fest (Italy), Merle Fest, Strawberry Fest and most Django-style Fests in the US. His performance and tutorial videos on YouTube have logged nearly 5 million views!
The traveling Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest brings the passion and joy found in European Gypsy Music Festivals to your door, in the age-old tradition of gypsy guitar music that began in the 1930’s and 40’s through the genius of Django Reinhardt. Django’s legacy lives on through these virtuosos who gather together to share the love of this most passionate and romantic music.
The Basement // Doors- 6:30pm, Show- 7pm // Tickets- $20