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Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest-On-The-Road comes to Orpheum Theater on May 4 featuring Harmonious Wail & the Gonzalo Bergara Trio

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The Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest-On-The-Road traveling music festival will come to The Orpheum Theater Center in Marshalltown on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. The festival features Madison, Wisconsin’s renowned Harmonious Wail and the Gonzalo Bergara Trio from Argentina. Tickets are $12.50 each. The Orpheum Theater is at 220 E. Main Street in Marshalltown; Phone: 641-844-5921, Website: OrpheumCenter.com.

Harmonious Wail draws from the rich musical influence of the European gypsy musicians, most notably Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, as well as crowd-pleasing vocal performances in the tradition of bands such as The Manhattan Transfer and Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks. The trio lays out jazz, be-bop and Gypsy Swing, featuring smoky vocals, original songs and classic covers in an intimate performance with charm, humor and memorable musical chops. Be sure not to miss lead singer Maggie Delaney-Potthoff playing her cardboard box drum and a pair of scissors for a series of unique and perfectly-blended sounds. Bandleader Sims Delaney-Potthoff plays guitar, mandolin and ukulele, while Jeff Weiss plays stand-up bass and electric bass. In 2017, Harmonious Wail is celebrating its 30th anniversary as a working band. In December 2016, the trio released its 9th CD of incredible music, “Holiday Spirits.”

The Gonzalo Bergara Trio, led by virtuoso composer and lead guitarist Gonzalo Bergara, mixes a cascade of arpeggios with the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina, forging his own style of progressive Gypsy Jazz. One of the most renowned Gypsy Jazz players of his generation, Gonzalo has performed and recorded around the world with artists including the John Jorgensen Quintet, Sylvie Vartan, Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks, and Howard Alden.

Two-day Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest celebrations are held twice a year in Madison, WI, where Harmonious Wail is based, with a winter festival in February and a late summer festival in September. The Midwest Gypsy Swing Fests bring the passion and joy found in European Gypsy Music Festivals to crowds on the road and in south central Wisconsin each year, in the age-old tradition of gypsy guitar music that began in the 1930’s and 40’s through the genius of Django Reinhardt. Django’s legacy lives on through these virtuosos who gather together to share the love of this passionate and romantic music.

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