PICS: Gogol Bordello at Observatory North Park

Gogol Bordello brought their beloved brand of gypsy punk through the Observatory North Park on Nov. 19.

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Gogol Bordello headlined the Observatory North Park on Nov. 19.
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The New York-based band plays a beloved, unique brand of gypsy punk music.
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The sold-out Observatory North Park crowd ate up the band's energetic live show.
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Formed in 1999, the band’s members hail from the world over, ranging from Ukraine to Belarus to Ethiopia.
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They’re widely known for their magnetic, theatrical stage shows.
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The band’s sound is inspired by gypsy music, mixed with punk, dub, Latin rock and folk — a melting pot of awesomeness!
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Gogol Bordello currently consists of: Eugene Hutz, Sergey Ryabtsev, Pasha Newmer, Thomas Gobena, Boris Pelekh, Oliver Charles, Pamela Racine and Pedro Erazo.
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“Gogol” comes from Nikolai Gogol, a classical Russian Ukrainian writer.
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Gogol serves as an ideological influence for the band because he “smuggled” Ukrainian culture into Russian society, which the band strives to do with gypsy music into the English-speaking world.
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“Bordello,” in Italian, refers to a brothel or “gentleman’s club.”
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The band was originally named Hutz and the Bela Bartoks, but Hutz has said he decided to change it because “nobody knows who the hell Bela Bartok is in the United States.”
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Gogol Bordello released their debut single in 1999 and has released six full-length albums since.
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Hutz has cited Jimi Hendrix and Parliament-Funkadelic as the band’s main influences, along with Manu Chao, Fugazi and the Clash.
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The band has appeared in a number of films, most notably 2005’s “Everything Is Illuminated,” in which Hutz co-starred with Elijah Wood about the Nazi purges in Ukraine.
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The entire band was featured in 2008’s “Filth and Wisdom,” directed by Madonna.
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Some of the songs performed at the Observatory North Park show included “Not a Crime,” “We Rise Again,” “I Would Never Wanna Be Young Again,” “Immigrant Punk” and “Undestructable.”
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Gogol Bordello at the Observatory North Park on November 19, 2016. Photo by Alex Matthews for SoundDiego.
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Gogol Bordello at the Observatory North Park on November 19, 2016. Photo by Alex Matthews for SoundDiego.
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Gogol Bordello at the Observatory North Park on November 19, 2016. Photo by Alex Matthews for SoundDiego.
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Gogol Bordello at the Observatory North Park on November 19, 2016. Photo by Alex Matthews for SoundDiego.
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Gogol Bordello at the Observatory North Park on November 19, 2016. Photo by Alex Matthews for SoundDiego.
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Gogol Bordello at the Observatory North Park on November 19, 2016. Photo by Alex Matthews for SoundDiego.
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Gogol Bordello at the Observatory North Park on November 19, 2016. Photo by Alex Matthews for SoundDiego.
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Gogol Bordello at the Observatory North Park on November 19, 2016. Photo by Alex Matthews for SoundDiego.
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Gogol Bordello at the Observatory North Park on November 19, 2016. Photo by Alex Matthews for SoundDiego.
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Gogol Bordello at the Observatory North Park on November 19, 2016. Photo by Alex Matthews for SoundDiego.
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Gogol Bordello at the Observatory North Park on November 19, 2016. Photo by Alex Matthews for SoundDiego.
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Gogol Bordello at the Observatory North Park on November 19, 2016. Photo by Alex Matthews for SoundDiego.
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Gogol Bordello at the Observatory North Park on November 19, 2016. Photo by Alex Matthews for SoundDiego.
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Gogol Bordello at the Observatory North Park on November 19, 2016. Photo by Alex Matthews for SoundDiego.
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Gogol Bordello at the Observatory North Park on November 19, 2016. Photo by Alex Matthews for SoundDiego.
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Gogol Bordello at the Observatory North Park on November 19, 2016. Photo by Alex Matthews for SoundDiego.
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Gogol Bordello at the Observatory North Park on November 19, 2016. Photo by Alex Matthews for SoundDiego.
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Gogol Bordello at the Observatory North Park on November 19, 2016. Photo by Alex Matthews for SoundDiego.
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Gogol Bordello at the Observatory North Park on November 19, 2016. Photo by Alex Matthews for SoundDiego.
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Gogol Bordello at the Observatory North Park on November 19, 2016. Photo by Alex Matthews for SoundDiego.
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Gogol Bordello at the Observatory North Park on November 19, 2016. Photo by Alex Matthews for SoundDiego.
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Gogol Bordello at the Observatory North Park on November 19, 2016. Photo by Alex Matthews for SoundDiego.
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