Tickets are on sale for the June 23 DjangoVegas! concert at the downtown Historic Fifth Street School. Presented by the city of Las Vegas, the Saturday event will celebrate the music of Django Reinhardt and other gypsy jazz musicians past and present. The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet, Fishtank Ensemble and Hot Club of Las Vegas will perform.
Preconcert cocktails and entertainment by the G-String Band will begin at 5 p.m. in the courtyard, located at 401 S. Fourth St. Beverages and food will be available for purchase. The performance will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets, priced at $10, may be purchased at www.artslasvegas.org or by calling 229-3515 or 229-6469.
The all-acoustic Gonzalo Bergara Quartet is heavily influenced by gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt as well as traditional jazz and hints of music from Argentina. The group's music has been described as "a new kind of gypsy jazz" by Vintage Guitar magazine. Led by native Argentinean Gonzalo Bergara (lead guitar), the other performers include Rob Hardt (clarinet/tenor sax), Jeffrey Radaich (rhythm guitar) and Brian Netzley (upright bass). For more information on the band, go to www.gonzalobergara.com.
Fishtank Ensemble is a Euro-American musical group that formed in 2004 in Oakland, Calif., where they first performed together at The Fishtank. They perform a variety of traditional musical styles, including gypsy jazz, klezmer, flamenco, Japanese folk and Roma music. The band members are Fabrice Martinez (violin and violintromba), Ursula Knudsen (saw/violin/Banjolele/percussion/theremin/vocals), Douglas Smolens (flamenco guitar) and Djordje Stijepovic (double bass). This quartet takes its roots from the musicians' own varied musical and national backgrounds, and their adventurous travels. For more information on the performers, go to www.fishtank ensemble.com.
Hot Club of Las Vegas is a gypsy jazz band that performs the music of Django Reinhardt, Bireli Lagrene, The Rosenberg Trio and other gypsy jazz musicians. Hot Club members include Cuban salsa star Noybel Gorgoy (vocals), Mundo Juillerat (lead guitar), Chris Davis (contrabass), Gabriel Falcon (cajon) and Marlow Valentin (rhythm guitar). For more information on the performers, go online to www.hotclublasvegas.com.
Limited free parking is available at the Historic Fifth Street School.