Gogol Bordello gave San Diego a supercharged show at Observatory North Park
There are a handful of bands that are deemed life-changing once you have seen them live. It would be absurd to not include Gogol Bordello’s live performance as one of these. Needless to say they have a proven track record of touring relentlessly and bringing chaos and debauchery to those who seek an electrifying encounter.
A 7-piece band from the Lower Eastside of Manhattan composed of members from the likes of Ukraine, Russia, Ethiopia, Israel, and America, Eugene Hutz led the rambunctious group with his bottle of wine, guitar, and a no holds barred attitude that had you hollering along with him, laughing at the pure joy from being alive at that exact moment! A non-stop dance party fueled with a passion to unite, to break up the mundane, and most importantly to have a damn good time!
Above the stage, a banner suspended an image of a hand gripping an anatomical heart. A reminder that this direct, spontaneous sound is sourced from love. From a desire to bring us all together and “move towards new sources of authentic energy,” as stated in their progressive band mission statement.
Belting out classic Bordello tunes like “Mishto” “Start Wearing Purple” and “Immigraniada” Hutz and company stirred up their signature gypsy punk, cabaret-flavored melodies with wild, sensuous flairs that mesmerized the audience. “Saboteur Blues” from their latest album Seekers and Finders provided an empowered look into the political facades we see rise and crumble. “No more living in the future, No more living in the past, Those two grandest bandit robbers, Are busted at last.”
A party fit for the wild adventure seeker, Gogol Bordello plays to the suppressed inner child that we all have and encourages you to push your imagination, remove your inhibitions, and dance your cares away! I guarantee you will walk away, lighter in heart and spirit, drenched in sweat and tears from laughter, and probably a new friend or two.
Review by: Melissa Rubbo
Photos by: Nick Regalado