The Hot Club of Philadelphia will bring its unique acoustic sound to the Bucks County Playhouse stage with two concerts as part of the Spring Concert Series on Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 and available at BucksCountyPlayhouse.org or 215-862-2121.
Founded in 2011 by guitarist Barry Wahrhaftig, The Hot Club of Philadelphia is an acoustic ensemble dedicated to playing “Gypsy Jazz” – the musical genre pioneered by the legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli and their Hot Club of France Quintet in the 30s and 40s. With the use of guitars, bass and violin rather than horns and drums, the quintet added some French and Gypsy sounds and created a blend of music that is popular and accessible.
The HCPhilly mixes the original style of these genre-breakers with their own modern influences. The band will be joined at the Playhouse by multilingual vocalist Phyllis Chapell, who is featured on the band’s current release Gypsy – Americana. It’s a mixture of Euro and American folk material, including “Hard Times” by Stephan Foster, “Ashokan Farewell” by Jay Ungar, “Blue Drag” and “Melodie au Crepuscule” by Reinhardt, along with some Klezmer and standards by Edith Piaf & Blossom Dearie.
Visit HotClubPhilly.com for more information.
Bucks County Playhouse is offering special series discounts for patrons wishing to attend two or more of the spring concert events (excluding Wynton Marsalis). Ticket buyers can save up to 20 percent on shows through May. Visit BucksCountyPlayhouse.org/SpringConcertSeries for more information. COVID-19 safety protocols are in place and are available online.