Sunday, April 20, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: Strings sublime

Posted By on Sun, Apr 20, 2014 at 10:43 AM

That genre of music popularized by the great Django Reinhart has been the subject of some debate over how it's commonly referenced. Is "gypsy jazz" a racial pejorative? My brief research yielded neither a clear answer nor cause to stop use of the phrase, so I'll go with it for now.

Self-described "Americana meets gypsy jazz" band Taarka performs at the Arcata Playhouse at 8 p.m. Led by the husband-and-wife team of David Pelta-Tiller (mandolin, tenor guitar, vocals) and Enion Pelta-Tiller (five-string violin, vocals), the band's sound speaks to influences ranging from Western and Eastern folk traditions to jazz, rock, bluegrass, old-time, gypsy, Indian and Celtic music all in a string band setting.

Tickets are $15 general, $13 Humboldt Folklife and Playhouse members. More info at 822-1575.

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