The Colorado-based band joins the Boulder Phil for the first time with their global-infused modern-indie sound. A cross-pollination of numerous influences, including cabaret, spaghetti Westerns, norteño, punk, and the immigrant dance music of Eastern Europe, Colorado-based quartet DeVotchKa, formed in Denver by multi-instrumentalists Nick Urata (vocals, guitar, trumpet), Tom Hagerman (violin, accordion), Jeanie Schroder (sousaphone, bass) and percussionist Shawn King, emerged as unlikely indie heroes in the mid-2000s infusing modern indie music with a global flavor.
“Just about top of my list for a good night out, DeVotchKa presents an effervescent, eclectic mix encompassing everything from Romany, Greek and Polka to Latino and Mariachi. All this bound together in an American melting pot with punk and romantic folk roots; and played with a combination of reckless passion and top-notch musicianship. Delirious joy… guaranteed.”
– Andrew Dowdall, The Line of Best Fit
Saturday, May 6, 7:30PM
Macky Auditorium – Boulder, CO
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Sara Parkinson, conductor
Please note, online ticket sales end at 3 PM day of the concert. Walk-ups are welcome starting 6 PM at Macky Auditorium.
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Beyond the Performance
Nick Urata, DeVotchKa’s lead singer, on the band’s unique sound
“When I started the band, I just had a vision of where I wanted to go, and in many ways it looked exactly like what we are now, but you are right, I had no idea how to get there, I have always been drawn to songs from other countries and cultures, and I loved rock and roll, but I knew we would get no where if I couldn’t sing so that was a big hurdle for me. When I met each member, Jeanie was experimenting with Balkan brass and Victorian music, Tom was trained in the classics but loved the Cure and Joy Division, Shawn was learning Afro-Cuban and mariachi rhythms; so it was a great place to start.”
Sunday, May 7, 3 PM
Lauded as cultural ambassadors by the Mexican Consulate in the United States, Jarabe Mexicano believes every performance is an opportunity to create a deeper and more inclusive sense of community. Their programming for audiences of all ages features music and personal stories that highlight what it’s like to grow up along the US-Mexico border. From romantic ballads fit for a loving serenade to exuberant dance music that will bring people out of their seats, this musical joyride will be one to remember! Don’t miss their performance at Pinnacle Performing Arts Complex in Federal Heights/Denver.
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