The early tentative breaths of winter are whispering sotto voce along the Wasatch Front of the Rocky Mountains. The dramatic monochrome of early morning snows glisten against the storm gray skies, tempting us to remain inside by the fire, wrapped in a warm blanket and sipping hot cocoa as we look ahead to all the wonderfully exciting happenings to come in the near future.
We have begun recording our debut CD for a hopeful spring/summer release. The percussion on this is, as Tony says, “epic!” We are really very excited to share it with you all!
We also have some very exciting shows coming up over the next couple months, everything from dive bar mayhem to supporting high class Grammy award winners to an international music festival. Pull out your calendars and take note!
December 3 -- We’ll be playing at The Woodshed (60 East 800 South) in Salt Lake City along with good friends Tabla Arabia and new friends FOLK HOGAN. The scuttlebutt around town is that this show is going to be the one people will be talking about for quite some time … once the hangovers are gone.
December 12 -- We are incredibly excited to be opening for the Grammy award winning band The Klezmatics at the State Room (638 S. State St.) in Salt Lake City. Klezmer and underground Gypsy edge! This is going to be an amazingly fun night!
December 18 -- It’s a private party. We’d love to tell you about it, but we’re sworn to secrecy.
January 13 -- The Underground Gypsy Cabaret is returning to Bar Deluxe (666 S. State St.) in Salt Lake City! The night will feature Juana Ghani, underground jazz band Haywire Outfit and the Gypsy vagabond Americana of Hectic Hobo along with a wild assortment of dancers, aerialists, and macabre magicians. It’s a perfect way to celebrate Friday the 13th. And it’s Leisl’s birthday to boot!
January 15 -- Juana Ghani has been invited to play at the Orion Independent Music Festival! We will be playing with David Hayes at Molly Bloom’s (1680 Ute Blvd.) in Park City. We are so very honored be a part of this prestigious international festival.
In other news, the song “In My Thoughts You Were Mine” (lyrics by Jason Crannell, music by Brian and Leisl Bonell, performed by Brian and Leisl Bonell of Juana Ghani) is featured at the end of the independent film, Christina’s Kiss.
We will be celebrating Thanksgiving here on Thursday. There’s a bit of controversy over this holiday (there seems to be controversy over every holiday these days) as people polarize and politicize the events that lie behind its creation. We won’t get into any of that here, as we choose to focus instead on celebrating any opportunity to gather together with friends and family and to give thanks for all the wonderfulness that fills our lives. With that in mind, here are a few of the things we are thankful for:
Nick - I am thankful for unusual instruments, the key of 'C', and my families, both my band family and my actual family, for their love and support.
Leisl - I’m so thankful for my family, my friends, my band, my music … and coffee. And a good wooden spoon. And cannoli. I LOVE cannoli!
Bryan - I'm thankful for music, for a job that keeps me off the street, for friends who put up with me in spite of my astounding stupidity. Thank you.
Byron - I am thankful for friends, family and MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC! :)
Tony - Thankful for love and the accordion.
Brian - I am thankful for boomy drums and A minor, ‘cause it doesn't hurt my thumb. Mostly all my wonderful friends who make such wonderful music together!
Jason - I'm thankful for my really fast right foot, and thankful for the friends who think of me when they don't have room in their house for really cool gear. :)
Happy holidays and much love to you all!