When: Thu., Feb. 14, 9 p.m. 2013
The Gypsy Lumberjacks’ “gypsygrass” style embraces jazz, calypso, bluegrass and rock, sometimes giving a nod to groups like John Butler Trio and Rusted Root but more often taking its own path. “Riversong,” the first track off the Minneapolis sextet’s most recent album, Live At the Sound Gallery, slides into its groove subtly, flowing as effortlessly as its name implies. When you reach what feels like the waterfall, frontman Leif Magnuson lets out his first thunderous bellow, and the song’s momentum takes off from there. No short songs here—the band builds its songs gradually, layering spitfire acoustic guitar over accordion swells, anchored down by sly bass lines and steady percussion. When the recipe really hits its stride, like on “Road to Antietam” and “Love and Understanding,” the results are colossal.
Gypsy Lumberjacks hit the VFW, 245 W. Main St., with Missoula's The Hasslers. 9 PM. $5. 18 plus.