Win Tickets ($40): Caravan Palace w/ Bombino & Medium Troy Dub Orchestra @ Roseland Theater | 2014 Soul’d Out Music Festival

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Caravan Palace w/ Bombino & Medium Troy Dub Orchestra @ Roseland Theater on April 16. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, April 14.

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From our sponsors:
Caravan PalaceCaravan Palace
with special guests
Bombino & Medium Troy Dub Orchestra
April 16, 2014
21+ // 7pm | $20

Roseland Theater
8 NW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
(971) 230-0033

Here we go, let’s take the Caravan for another tour. Same Palace, with a brand new customized flavor. On the shelves and on the road. The surprise breakout band of the last decade, the apostles of Electro Swing and precursors of a laidback yet terribly upbeat trend, is coming up with an evocative second album: Panic! This time, Caravan Palace takes us even farther than their first album (that sold more than 150 000 copies) and continues an amazing adventure almost started by accident.

Their strength lies in their common passion for electronic music. Charles, Arnaud and Hughes, the initial trio, dig swing, especially gypsy jazz, and try their hands at the genre’s traditional instruments: guitar, double bass and violin. That’s where this peculiar mixture of classical Django and new trendy electro comes from. And it’s far better than those retro futuristic sounds… because it swings. A few myspace posts later and they have almost doubled in size, enrolling Chapi and the boisterous Colotis in the band.

They start touring long before they even think about releasing an album. And everything clicks in 2007, during the Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois. Terrified to be part of the gypsy jazz pantheon, they gather speed and steam and create a real posse (not unlike hip-hop) that follows them everywhere. The word is out, their breakout song, Jolie Coquine, is playing everywhere. The record is released a year later, and it’s an immediate hit. They soon tour France and Europe. The show peaks at the Olympia. The room is packed, people go crazy… listening to swing. This has never happened before.

But during the autumn of 2010, they stop and take a month off to start thinking about the new album. How do they come up with new songs? Every member of the band works in his own musical lab before exchanging files at night. The same process starts over the next day. And when the others react instinctively, it’s generally a good sign. The basic rhythm of the first album has mutated into sophisticated beats, less gimmicky, more varied and enriched with sounds flirting with the frontiers of trip-hop. They still love Massive Attack, they still dig the creative minds of Ninja Tune, Isolée’s minimal electro vibe or Gorillaz’s grand hip-hop rock bazaar. Only the best of the best. But they also rediscover thirties and forties swing jazz, artists like Fletcher Henderson, or the less mainstream musicians like Charlie Chavers and Mildred Bailey.

Six months later, forty-something titles pile up. It’s time to regroup in the studio… where fifteen vintage keyboards are waiting. Tirelessly, the band tries new things, merges styles and makes creative decisions. Fourteen titles are soon emerging. The petulant voice of Colotis is booming again and the old friend Cyrille-Aimée is back on two songs. And don’t forget to include Toustou in the Caravan.

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14 Responses to Win Tickets ($40): Caravan Palace w/ Bombino & Medium Troy Dub Orchestra @ Roseland Theater | 2014 Soul’d Out Music Festival

  1. Briana Morrison April 9, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    How exciting! I can still remember the first time I heard Caravan Palace. I was on my very first vacation in Europe back in 2010, right after graduating college. As soon as I heard the first song, I was hooked for good. I can’t even imagine how great it must be to see them live. This is definitely on my to-do list!

  2. Lorelei April 9, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    I would love to go to this! It would be a great surprise for my partner who has been really wanting to see them.

  3. Jose April 9, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

    Yes, I would like to see Caravan Palace. They’re awesome sauce!

  4. Ryan April 9, 2014 at 8:38 pm #

    i was turned on to them recently by a coworker and the song “bambous” what a freaking riot! it reminds me of star wars cantina scene or something everytime and you can’t help but smile. i could surprise him with this..

  5. Mike Serpa April 9, 2014 at 8:50 pm #

    Looking forward to this.

  6. Kelly April 10, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

    taxes = broke! We’re trying to dance it off :o)

  7. Steve B April 10, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    I never got caught up with swing revival wave in the late 1990s/early 2000s (Brian Setzer, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies), though I adore the Goodman, Ellington, Satchmo, Basie, Miller and Fitzgerald among other early swing pioneers from decades ago. Enter 2012, whilst getting lost within YouTube I had come across some videos for songs on their album, Panic. I was instantly drawn in to the French elecro-swing groups’ beautiful use of animation in the videos and the instantly catchy melodies and rythym of the music.

    The gypsy jazz genre that Caravan Palace embodies tends to (in a good way!) hit the same nerve that gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello strikes. I don’t know if it is the European aspect, the hints of Django Reinhardt, or the fact that Caravan Palace produces a very original and danaceable sound, but this’ll be a show not to miss!

  8. Beth April 10, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    I will ditch work and travel from another state to see Bombino live!

  9. Marylen April 10, 2014 at 3:49 pm #

    I wanna get down in Stumptown while listening to beautiful music!

  10. Hayatt April 10, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    Work brings me to Portland, so please bring on the fun at the Roseland!

  11. Michael April 10, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

    Saw Caravan Palace at the Portland Zoo Summer Concerts in 2010… AMAZING! I love when one of their songs comes up on shuffle on my iPhone. I play “Suzy” on full volume. I’d love to go and dance all night!

  12. Jessica T April 11, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    my body needs to move to music that doesn’t suck! :-):-):-)

  13. Jean April 11, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

    Damn dance, music, fun all wrapped up in one evening? Doesn’t get much better

  14. Skye Blue April 15, 2014 at 10:40 am #

    Whoa! Caravan Palace?! So cool.

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