Many D.C. residents have already made their plans to celebrate New Year’s Eve. But if you are one of the few who are still undecided, you might consider rocking to the cheerful melodies played by the kings of Gypsy-punk, before you start counting down to zero. Gogol Bordello will be performing at 9:30 Club on December 31.
The nine-piece ensemble is known for being constantly on the road. Therefore, this exclusive event gives D.C. music fans a rare opportunity to enjoy the band’s unique performance for a ticket of $55.
Gogol Bordello pride themselves on consisting of immigrants. Its members are from a number of countries, including Ukraine, Ecuador, Russia, and Ethiopia.
The band will play new songs from its seventh full-length studio album, Seekers and Finders.
“People think you explore the world with the latest phone in your hand,” Eugene Hütz, the band’s Ukrainian-born frontman, was quoted as saying in the event brief. “That’s the antithesis of living for Gogol Bordello. None of these songs sprang forth from an interesting news story or an extended studio improvisation. ‘My focus is always on staying experiential. Go for first-hand information, transmute it into wisdom, and share it with the people in a communal celebration’.”
Speaking of the new album, Hütz says “Bowie always said his main area of expertise was processing information, and I can relate to that. My storytelling is all about assembling diverse, disparate things and bringing them into focus.”
Another New York-based band, Dub Trio, will also take the stage at the event. And there will be complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
The venue located at 815 V St. NW opens its doors at 9:00 p.m.