Today’s featured event:
Connecticut-based quartet Caravan of Thieves brings its unique and theatrical blend of pop-infused gypsy jazz back to Oklahoma City for an all ages show at 7 tonight at Sauced on the Paseo, 2912 Paseo. Local acoustic comedy band The Memepunks will open the show.
Driving gypsy jazz rhythms, acoustic guitars, upright bass and violin lay the foundation for mesmerizing vocal harmonies and fantastic stories. It’s theatrical and humorous. It’s musical and intense. It entertains, dazzles and defies classification while welcoming the spectator to join the band throughout the performance in momentary fits of claps, snaps and sing-alongs. If Django Reinhardt, the cast of Stomp and the Beatles all had a party at Tim Burton’s house, Caravan of Thieves would be the band they hired, according to a news release.
Caravan of Thieves was founded by married singer-songwriters Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni (guitar, vocals, various percussive “instruments”). “It started as a romantic, bohemian vision of a couple making music, performing on the road, in parks, venues, traveling around and avoiding responsibility as much as possible,” says Fuzz in the release . “The first thing we discovered was we loved singing together, harmonizing our voices. Just seemed to click right away.”
In the spring of 2008, Fuzz and Carrie extended their family to include fiery violinist Ben Dean and double bass madman, Brian Anderson completing their colorful vision. The four of them ran away from home and never looked back.
“The years spent making music as an acoustic duo, alongside street performers, forced us to create a style of music we can present anywhere, anyhow, plugged in or not, a little wild and raw,” adds Carrie in the release. “And this seemed to be a characteristic of popular artists and performers who have developed their persona and style that continue to span generations.
“This idea of bringing the street performance to the stage led us to gypsy music and the 1930′s swing era as these are free feeling, charismatic performances by real entertainers. With this as the musical backdrop, combined with our fascination with macabre images and sharp-witted sarcasm, we began writing happy sounding pop songs with pretty harmonies, dark thoughts and creepy characters. This all seemed to be a suitable combination. And banging on buckets, frying pans and hubcaps were just crazy and human enough to fit too.”
Caravan Of Thieves’ most recent album, “The Funhouse,” channels pop bliss through their trademark lock-tight, turn-of-the-century, bang-out-a-beat-on-anything-that-can-take-it approach. Tunes like “Raise The Dead,” the record’s single, drive the point home with impressive lift, powered by soaring crescendos and inspired gang vocals, not to mention a lyric that invites the deceased to join in the fun. “Mexico” is a dark road ramble that will, at the very least, make you wanna dance around the room, if not run off yourself. “Candy” betrays the writer’s addiction to the sweet confections that sounds like Vaudeville, but feels like The Beatles’ “Savoy Truffle.”
For more information on the band, go to www.facebook.com/caravanofthieves. For more information on the venue, go to www.facebook.com/SaucedPaseo.
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