Thursday January 24, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- Occidental Gypsy will perform at the Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St., on Friday, Feb. 1, at 8 p.m.

Occidental Gypsy is pioneering the sound of Gypsy pop. Their sound is a mélange of up-tempo, high-energy rhythms of Gypsy and the catchy melodic hooks of pop. The name Occidental Gypsy (Western gypsy) embodies the concept behind Gypsy Pop. The group has taken the Gypsy sound that originated in Eastern Europe and blended it with contemporary American music. Interestingly, Gypsy Swing was created by taking American jazz to the East and blending it with the Gypsy Folk tradition. Now almost a century later Occidental Gypsy is bringing the music back home.

After a well-received national tour last year, Occidental Gypsy is introducing some new music, and will be playing original favorites and covers of classics. This is the band David Bromberg says has "Great singing, fantastic guitar and violin work, with high energy originals that leave the crowd crazy."

Tickets are $12. For reservations, call 802-254-9276.

For more about the band, visit or find it on Facebook.