Monday, May 28, 2012. 7:30 pm. Doors at 6:00.
Combining elements of punk, gypsy music, and Brechtian cabaret, Gogol Bordello tells the story of New York’s immigrant diaspora through debauchery, humor, and surreal costumes.
After being evacuated to Western Ukraine in 1986 following the Chernobyl disaster, leader and Signer Eugene Hütz became enamored of the mystical, outsider qualities of gypsy music. He lived as a refugee in Poland, Hungary, Austria, and Italy before moving to New York in 1993 and meeting the rest of the band.
The group’s early gigs involved playing straight gypsy music at Russian weddings, but their music soon evolved into the hyper-kinetic explosions that earned them a solid following amongst New York’s downtown hipsters.
Metropolis, 59 Ste. Catherine St. E.
Admission: $30.50 to $35.20