Gypsy punks Gogol Bordello play at Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on April 14
From a press release:
Tickets, which are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the show, go on sale this Friday, March 10 at 10 a.m. and will be available through the Sherman Theater box office (524 Main St., Stroudsburg), online at shermantheater.com and ticketmaster.com, and all Ticketmaster outlets. VIP boxes and sky boxes are available for this show and include eight tickets (VIP box) or 12 tickets (sky box), a fruit and cheese platter, and waitstaff. To purchase box seats, call the theater at 570-420-2808.
Gogol Bordello is arguably the hardest working – and hardest rocking – group of our discordant new century, maintaining a touring schedule and an onstage energy level that would send the average combo running for the emergency room. While putting out several critically acclaimed albums, including “Gypsy Punks” and “Super Taranta!,” the intrepid band has literally traversed even the farthest corners of the globe, building a substantial worldwide fan base via gigs and festival appearances throughout Eastern Europe, South America, and the Middle East, along with stops in Australia, Western Europe, and in their adopted U.S. homeland.
Their encounters and adventures, as well as the band members’ own immigrant histories, fuel their subversively upbeat story-songs. Frontman and lyricist Eugene Hütz spins out scenarios that are, by turns, hilarious and heartbreaking – from the outsider experience of gypsies in his native Ukraine to the struggles and celebrations of Brazil’s favelas. It can be said that Gogol Bordello has been representing the voice of all minorities all at once, a voice that comes from a real, poetic, and deep place. Along the way, Hutz looks for common threads while embracing each of his character’s defiantly unique identities, all of which reflect some facet of the frequently flying bandleader himself.
Formed in 1999 in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Gogol Bordello’s rollicking bonfire-like live performances have become the stuff of legend, featuring a veritable rock and roll army of musicians and dancers. Band members and audiences alike are driven to frenzy by the charismatic Hütz, a skinny, exhortative figure who combines Joe Strummer’s politicized fervor with Mick Jagger’s elastic-limbed sex appeal. He is also an actor, appearing in films like “Everything Is Illuminated” and “Filth and Wisdom,” along with the rest of the band.
The party-starting group encourages and incites the world to passionately sing along to hit songs like “Start Wearing Purple” and “Wonderlust King.” Their latest album, “Pura Vida Conspiracy,” was released in 2013.