Don’t bother locking up your valuables. Bring them along when the phenomenal Caravan of Thieves returns to Northeast State for a free live performance on July 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts at the main campus in Blountville. The performance continues the College’s Hot Nights, Cool Music summer concert series.
In the spring of 2008, musical duo Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni extended their family to include violinist Ben Dean and double bass madman, Brian Anderson completing their vision of Thieves. Since then, the four of them ran away from home and never looked back. The band is on tour supporting their latest album KISS KISS released under their own Buskaroo label. The new album combines the dark humor and sarcastic social commentary of Caravan of Thieves’ previous albums with an added emphasis on love and all the beauty and danger it brings.
According to Fuzz and Carrie, “We enjoy writing about concepts that most listeners can relate to while seeing how far we can bring it to the edges of our imaginations, and try to use as many unexpected images and comparisons as we can to illustrate them. One of the main themes behind KISS KISS is love, which is already so complex, so we tried to cover as many angles as possible, the good the bad and yes, even the ugly.”
Driving gypsy jazz rhythms, acoustic guitars, upright bass and violin lay the foundation for the band’s mesmerizing vocal harmonies and fantastic stories. Caravan of Thieves are musical and intense. They entertain, dazzle and defy musical classification while welcoming the spectator to join the band throughout the performance in momentary fits of claps, snaps and singalongs.
Within that first year, the Caravan of Thieves began to win immediate praise for their unique blend of gypsy swing and popular music, inspiring them to record and release the debut full-length album Bouquet in 2009. The band followed up with the equally sharp albums Mischief Night and The Funhouse.
“The years spent making music as an acoustic duo, alongside street performers, forced us to create a style of music we can present anywhere, anyhow, plugged in or not, a little wild and raw,” adds Carrie addressing the troubadorian nature of Caravan Of Thieves, “And this seemed to be a characteristic of popular artists and performers who have developed their persona and style that continue to span generations.”
The concert is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact 423.279.7668 or firstname.lastname@example.org.