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Erick Cifuentes, Jeff Feldman, Jonathan Hurley, Eli Bishop and Brett Feldman.  Photo by Read McKendre

“These guys can really swing!  In fact, the first time we had them at Rhythm & Roots, they swung so hard that the crowd demanded that we bring them back the next year.”  - Chuck Wentworth, Producer, Rhythm & Roots Festival

Occidental Gypsy is a nationally touring acoustic act.  They have played at the legendary Nighttown in Cleveland, Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, and Blue Wisp in Cincinnati among many others.  Tour  •  Reviews

Occidental Gypsy has shared the stage with such greats as Rikki Lee Jones, Jorma Kaukenen, Stanley Jordan, Joe Sample, and David Bromberg, who also said, “These guys have great singing, fantastic guitar and violin work, and high energy originals that leave the crowd crazy.  An awesome band.”

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“Last night we featured Occidental Gypsy, on their first West Coast Tour. In the style of Django Reinhardt, their Gypsy Jazz and World music is amazing. We recommend them to any venue and hope to have them back when they come to California again. “
  — Michael Adams, Soper-Reese Theatre.

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 ”Great singing, fantastic guitar and violin work, with high energy originals that left the crowd crazy. An awesome band.”    -David Bromberg, Musician

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“…Django has inspired a half-century of brilliant guitarists. In the U.S., Brett Feldman’s band Occidental Gypsy has fused contemporary styles and tunes with gypsy guitar and violin.” -excerpt from “Some Flowers You Can’t Kill” article about Django Reinhardt by Frank Malley

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A typical Occidental Gypsy concert consists of a mix of original pieces, traditional gypsy jazz from 1930s and ’40s icon Reinhardt, and covers of songs from other genres — the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” the theme song from the Harry Potter movies — but with a gypsy jazz spin.

And its appeal is turning out to be widespread…

“Gypsy music is reminiscent of a retro period; it has a warm sound and an acoustic instrumentation that is easy on the ear. So anyone who has heard it before is a little nostalgic for the sound and likes us because of that. But we also play with a high energy that appeals to younger ears.”    -Boston Globe Article, August 22, 2012

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“Outstanding. I love the energy and harmony and melodies and the lyrics, okay, I just really like this band.”     – Dee Perry, WCPN Cleveland “Around Noon”, Radio Interview, July 11, 2012
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The Creative Center is still buzzing from the energy Occidental Gypsy put into it’s set. Trust me when I say, you left those that stayed to hear you with nothing but glowing words about the talent, personality and “feel good” music you performed.