PUTNEY -- Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present Caravan of Thieves, an acoustic swing and alt-gypsy jazz quartet with a theatrical high-energy stage show, driving rhythms and Beatlesque vocals at Next Stage on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 in advance, general admission, available at www.nextstagearts.org and Offerings in Putney. Tickets are $18 at the door.

For the past five years, Caravan of Thieves has roamed the North American continent recruiting a family of avid thrill seekers. Driving gypsy jazz rhythms, acoustic guitars, upright bass and violin lay the foundation for mesmerizing vocal harmonies and fantastic stories. It’s theatrical and humorous. It’s musical and intense. It entertains, dazzles and defies classification while welcoming the spectator to join the band throughout the performance in momentary fits of claps, snaps and sing-alongs. If Django Reinhardt, the cast of "Stomp" and The Beatles all had a party at Tim Burton’s house, Caravan of Thieves would be the band they hired.

In 2008, vocal-harmonizing, acoustic guitar-spanking husband-and-wife songwriting duo Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni extended their family to include fiery violinist Ben Dean and double bass madman Brian Anderson. They successfully connected folk, pop, rock and jazz audiences of all ages, as they shared stages with Emmylou Harris, Dan Hicks, Nanci Griffith, The Decembrists, Ricky Skaggs, Tom Tom Club, Iron and Wine, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Tony Trischka, John Hammond, John Jorgenson and many others.

Caravan of Thieves released a live CD in 2010. In between their 2011 spring tour legs and stockpiling an ever-growing collection of sonic scrap metal, they recorded their latest CD "The Funhouse," a fan-funded album that brings the band’s gypsy swinging folk and cynical sense of humor to new heights. They are currently on tour in support of their single "Dead Wrong."

Tickets are $16 in advance, $18 at the door. For information, call 802-254-9276. Advance tickets are available at www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro and Offerings Jewelry in Putney. JD McCliment’s Pub will provide a beer and wine cash bar.