San Francisco’s ambassadors of gypsy rock, Diego’s Umbrella, bring multicultural enthusiasm, humor and decadence to The Center for the Arts Saturday.
Night after night, Diego’s Umbrella effortlessly blends marching drums, harmonized shredding and gang choruses with showmanship that has all the fire and unpredictability of youth, coupled with the refinement of years of experience on the road.
The group’s uncanny gift for pleasing crowds, from standard clubs to huge festivals, such as High Sierra and Outside Lands, has earned it an ever-expanding following across the United States and Europe, and that connection with other cultures continues to inform the music.
While the origins of Diego’s Umbrella date back to the 2001 and the collaboration of founding members Vaughn Lindstrom (acoustic guitar, vocals) and Tyson Maulhardt (electric guitar), the band officially hit the scene in 2005 with the release of its first full-length album, “Kung Fu Palace.” Violinist Jason Kleinberg and bassist Kevin Blair came on board early in the project, and the six-some was rounded out by Ben Leon (vocals, guitar) and Jake Wood (drums) in early 2009.
The group has released three albums, including “Viva la Juerga” (2007) and “Double Panther” (2009), and a host of independent recordings. It has been featured in major motion pictures, on network television and in numerous documentaries, in addition to countless worldwide radio and print media. Currently, the group is in the studio working on a new EP to be released later this year.
For information, visit www.diegosumbrella.com.