“Spanish Surf? Mexicali Gypsy Pirate Polka?
It’s kinda hard to place…but really easy to enjoy!” This reaction is quite common for San Francisco-based pioneers Diego’s Umbrella. So, imagine dancing uncontrollably in a border town cantina while singing along to an infectious Tarantino-like soundtrack being belted out by Irish mariachi gypsies, that’s reminiscent of Buena Vista Social Club, Devotchka, Flogging Molly, Sublime, Gogol Bordello and The Clash. Regardless how you attempt to explain it, this group has emerged as one of the most innovative and ear-catching voices from the Bay Area with their unique musical hybrid of
flamenco-Latin-driven gypsy rock songs.
The brainchild of Vaughn Lindstrom and Tyson Maulhardt, this musical ensemble recorded their first album in 2001. The release of Viva la Juerga in late 2007 possesses a high energy feel, incorporating more of a rock, ska, klezmer sound into the already tasteful eclectic mix. They are happy to introduce their most recent full-length studio album Double Panther, in October 2009, featuring vocals from new addition Ben Leon,
formerly of the band How to Win at Life.
In early 2008, Diego’s Umbrella launched a national radio campaign with Tinderbox Music for Viva la Juerga and was ranked #129 in the CMJ top 200 Music Charts. Beyond radio play, several DU songs were featured in the X-Dance-award-winning documentary Sofia, the Quiksilver/Roxy surf DVD Shimmer, as well as CBS’ Elimination Station. Released in early 2009, the Lionsgate comedy “Still Waiting” features 3 songs by Diego’s Umbrella.
Often dressed in elaborate home-made outfits, these urban gringo mariachis have performed well over 800 live shows. Live being the key word; their unforgettable performance is visually and audibly captivating, consistently motivating people to move themselves uncontrollably. In addition to continuous tours of the American west, Diego’s Umbrella recently returned from their third Europe tour. The band has held a weekly residency at the Park Chalet in San Francisco since July 2005 and continues to play every Tuesday night at the famous bar and restaurant. DU has also become a frequent and popular act at private events such as weddings and corporate parties for large-scale clients including Macy’s, Quiksilver, Google, Microsoft and The Hilton Hotel.
Whether you want a fun, refreshing style of music to dance to or something for an
sit down audience, Diego’s Umbrella can fit the bill perfectly.
For more information or booking contact Tyson Maulhardt:
530 Divisadero St. #204, San Francisco, CA 94117