Gogol Bordello continues their 20th Anniversary tour with an amazing night at Royal Oak Music Theatre.

Royal Oak, Michigan, is a city known for its upwardly mobile, clean-cut, young professional vibe. Trendy restaurants and boutique shops dot the tree-lined streets leading up to the Royal Oak Music Theater. The contrast with this city hosting a band like Gogol Bordello couldn’t be greater.

The gypsy punk band’s mission statement says that “Gogol Bordello’s task is to provoke audience out of post-modern aesthetic swamp onto a neo-optimistic communal movement towards new sources of authentic energy.” That is exactly what happened when they brought their 20th anniversary tour into Detroit suburbia on June 4th.

Gogol Bordello brought their one-of-a-kind mashup of Roma/Eastern European, punk and dub to a packed house. You would never guess by this performance that the band that has put out seven albums and has been touring almost non-stop for 20 years. They played this show like this tour was both their first and their last (though hopefully not their last).

Lead singer Eugene Hütz had the room jumping up and down from start to finish as he sloshed his bottle of red wine at the crowd while violinist Sergey Ryabtsev violently drew his bow back and forth to classics like “Sally,” “Immigrant Punk,” and “Rebellious Love.” No matter which way you looked on the stage, something cool was going on. Ashley Tobias was a crowd pleaser as she danced around the stage banging on her drum like the bad ass she is and to her left, Thomas Gobena slapped that bass and made it look effortless.

If you feel like jumping on a plane and getting out of the United States to catch the end of their tour, you can find them on one stop in Canada and many spots in Europe. Seeing Gogol Bordello is like watching a complex movie, every time you watch it you find something new to appreciate. They are a precious punk rock stone that everyone and their parents should listen to in their lifetime.

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Event Date: 04-JUN-2019