Not a great photo but I'm pleased to be able to say that I took it myself and had a fantastic time at their concert in Boston's House of Blues last summer! I feel slightly ridiculous that I didn't write a post right after I saw it, but you know, summer and all that. Sitting down to write blog posts isn't at the top of my mental list of to-dos when so many other fun things are going on! We have a short summer here in New England, so please bear with me!
Caravan Palace has a unique sound, part swing (as in, jazz instruments, think 1930s and The Great Gatsby) and part EDM (as in, European dance music). Yes, it's another fantastic mash-up! Kudos to my daughter Grace for discovering their sound and then to follow up, for discovering that they were playing in Boston. For some reason Boston isn't on every group's concert tour list, which is pretty annoying, so we were thrilled to be able to hear Caravan Palace live.
Here's a better-quality promo photo, which I hope is okay to share, since it is the photo that the band itself provided Fresh Air for Milo Miles' 2013 write-up on the European phenomenon known as “electro swing.”
If you're dying to hear their sound, check this out:
Yes, I could have chosen a fancy music video (like this one) but to be honest, I'm not a super big fan of their music video productions. It's interesting that we often interpret the music through music videos nowadays, but it's important to remember that the artist isn't necessarily the brainchild behind the video, and that the “story” may not actually be related either to their inspiration or to their execution of the song. I much prefer Caravan Palace's live concert videos, some of which are actually nicely edited and put up for viewing on YouTube.
I took a few videos from up in the stands at their concert, so I'll share one here:
Yes, I know, phone videos aren't nearly as good as those nicely edited professional videos uploaded by the artists, but I share them because I assume others ask the same question I do before I buy tickets to a concert…can they sing? do they love the stage? is it a great show?
For Caravan Palace, YES. If you are cruising through Europe and they're playing in your country, GO. If they actually stop in your American city, OMG GO!