The two-day Gypsy Jazz festival DjangoFest will be arriving in Denver on Friday, June 13th. After two years without the festival occurring in Colorado, the lineup is sure to bring lots of attention to the unique event.
The festivities begin Friday night with the Robin Nolan Trio stepping into the spotlight at 8 and 10 p.m., along with accompanying acts Kevin Nolan and Arnaud van den Berg. The concerts will occur at The Stage at Mi Vida Strings, and with limited seating, it will be important to arrive early in order to see some of the leaders of the genre perform.
Saturday’s events, held at the Holiday Event Center, begin at 6 p.m. with the pre-concert reception. Reserve festival seats in advance, and spend time enjoying the local sensation of Mango fan Django’s music. As Colorado’s longest running Gypsy Jazz group, Mango fan Django offers a variety of tunes from classics to contemporary—all of which are sure to lead to a good time.
If a break from Mango fan Django is needed, stop by Chef Jean-Philippe Failyau’s hedgehog tasting. Though hedgehog may be the traditional gypsy dish, a variety of recipes can be found using more common meats, all catered by Chef Jean-Philippe’s renowned restaurant, Park Burger. Enjoy the music, food, and fellowship with other fans and artists alike. Get merchandise, meet the bands, or just have a great conversation with some other Djangophiles.
The concert kicks off at 8 p.m. with local opener Swing Je T’aime. Taking the stage afterwards is Hot Club d’Europe, made up of some of the most recognized players in the scene. Bandmates Paulus Schäfer, Tim Kliphuis, Olli Soikkeli, and Simon Planting promise to be an amazing Gypsy Jazz experience.
The weekend will also include a series of workshops hosted by the band members. Come grow in your own skills Saturday and Sunday afternoons by learning from the talented musicians of the festival.
DjangoFest Colorado is presented by Aaron Walker Music. Visit http://djangofest.com/home/djangofest-colorado/# for further details and scheduling.