Saturday night, Gypsy Punk musicians Gogol Bordello brought their Pura Vida tour to a sold out crowd at Chicago music venue, Concord Music Hall. The night kicked off with the sizzling local act White Mystery. With several hundred all-ages fans eager to see their favorite riotous Rock band up close and personal, Eugene Hutz and company took the stage around 9pm with the frenzy and zeal live Gogol Bordello shows are known for.
In the third story venue, the floor bounced a good two or three inches as hundreds jumped in unison to the upbeat, rhapsodic Bordello tunes. Three songs in, most everyone on stage and off was dripping with sweat. Russian violinist Sergey Ryabtsev graced the front stage a dozen of times, with his feverish playing and enthusiastic demeanor. Elizabeth Sun sparkled as she sang and beat drums. Pedro Erazo hyped up the audience with his South American style of rap and percussion. The multi-national ensemble brought their A-game to the unique Bordello sound. As Hutz made his way to the audience during a song, enthusiastic fans stripped him of his guitar (which stagehands eventually got back). Hutz poetically got his overzealous fan revenge as he showered them with sweat and splashed red wine about the audience and security crew throughout the second half of the set. It was a typically rousing, visceral, energized Gogol Bordello show. After band introductions, all took their finals bows. Then Hutz came back out and treated the crowd one last melodic, acoustic number.
Click on the slideshow link above to see images from the night’s show.
Located just down the street from the troubled Congress Theater, Concord Music Hall is Chicago’s newest venue, slated to host numerous EDM, Rap, Rock, and Metal acts in the coming months.
Gogol Bordello setlist, August 17, 2013:
Not A Crime
Dig Seep Enough
Break the Spell
Sun is on My Side
John the Conqueror
Lost Innocent World
I Just Realized
We Shall Sail
Gogol Bordello is wrapping up most of their 2013 US tour dates, but there are a few opportunities to catch them in between their travels abroad.