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Caravan of Thieves at the me&thee! (Bird Mancini opens)
me and thee coffeehouse
Marblehead, MA
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Caravan of Thieves at the me&thee! (Bird Mancini opens)
When Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni of Caravan of Thieves first met, there was an instant spark, an intimate connection and passion for life and adventure, which has continued through their personal and artistic relationship. In the spring of 2008, Fuzz and Carrie extended their  journey to include fiery violinist Ben Dean and double bass maestro, Brian Anderson completing their colorful vision. Since then, the four of them ran away from home and never looked back.

Within  that  first  year, Caravan  of  Thieves  began to win immediate praise for their unique blend  of  gypsy  swing  and  popular  music,  inspiring  them  to  record  and  release  the  debut  full-length album Bouquet (2009). To accompany this collection of dramatic and satirical tales, they built an interactive stage set of percussive junk and the quartet took their newly animated show on  the  road,  sharing  stages  with  world  renowned  artists  such  as  Emmylou  Harris,  Dan  Hicks, Glen  Campbell,  Nanci  Griffith,  The  Decemberists,  Keb  Mo,  Tom  Tom  Club,  Iron  and  Wine, Punch  Brothers,  Tony  Trischka,  John  Hammond,  John  Jorgenson  and  many  others.  The Caravan successfully connected with audiences on each of these diverse bills, proving their act to be understood and appreciated by folk, pop, rock and jazz audiences of all ages.  The group continued to reach new fans with each release, Mischief Night (2010) and The Funhouse (2012).  Now the group has geared up for their newest release, KISS KISS.

KISS KISS combines the dark humor and sarcastic social commentary of their  previous efforts  with an added emphasis on love and all the beauty and danger it brings. They have created the music to match, adding in tuba, beat box, and everything including the kitchen sink to draw listeners in to the Caravan of Thieves' world. According to Fuzz and Carrie, "
We enjoy writing about concepts that most listeners can relate to while seeing how far we can bring it to the edges of our imaginations, and try to use as many unexpected  images  and  comparisons  as  we  can  to  illustrate  them.  One  of  the  main  themes behind  KISS KISS is love, which is already so complex, so we tried to cover as many angles as possible, the good the bad and yes, even the ugly."

KISS KISS finds Caravan of Thieves expanding their wheelhouse further than ever before.  On "Disappear," Spanish guitar style and Middle Eastern string arrangements accompany haunting vocal melodies. The fun and festive feel of "Home" is colored by the tuba, marching snare, bass drum and cymbals, along with circus organ and lots of colorful chimes. "Dead Wrong" reflects on love  gone  wrong,  with  dark  lyrics  and  a  bluesy  melody  conjuring  up  an  old  timey  feel. "Must  Be  Love"  takes  the  opposite  approach,  about  being  head  over  hells  in  love,  with  lush strings and dreamy orchestra bells. Caravan  of  Thieves  hearken  back  to a day  gone  by,  the  swing  era,  when  music  and entertainment   reached   a   creative   height   but   was   not   yet   diluted   by   big   business   and commercialism.  Tin  pan  alley  songwriters,  late  romantic  and  early  20th  century  classical composers,  early  jazz  and  swing  musicians  and vaudeville entertainers guided them to the sound  they  made  their  own.  Artists  such  as  Duke  Ellington  and  Django  Reinhardt  brought  an elegance and style along with a fun and free spirit and precision craftsmanship to their music, which Caravan have taken in and absorbed. According  to  Fuzz  and  Carrie,  "Our  ultimate  goal  is  to  always  thoroughly  entertain  our audience, in concert and on our records, and to build a community who we can feel connected to, and who feels connected to us. As we see it, or maybe just imagine it, the traveling camps of gypsies  or  traveling  circus  performers  lived  outside  the  social  norms,  lived  a  more  bohemian lifestyle.  They  had  communities  and  families  they  were  a  part  of  and  made  music  and performed with them. This is the world we are trying to create. We avoid living a life that might be expected of us through social norms and conformity, and we live to create these communities through our music. And we try to embody the spirit and liveliness of the old time entertainers to help invite more and more people into our timeless world."


BIRD MANCINI opens the show!

"a cosmopolitan fusionpop music in the most adventurous, inclusive sense of the term."

-The Boston Globe

"Bird Mancini is a mélange of pop perfection, incorporating virtuoso musicianship, a knowledge of musical forms and the smarts to deliver everything with joy and gusto!"  -The Noise

A power duo/band, two lead singers, guitar, accordion, harmonica, melodica, bass, drums with intriguing songs fusing rock and jazzy blues with a pop edge.  Can play as a 4 piece band or duo.

BIRD MANCINI, Boston's accordion/guitar rock duo, has released their 5th CD, the Latin flavored "Bird Mancini Lounge" on Second Story Records.  This acclaimed duo features eclectic and at times a bit psychedelic acoustic rock pop style with lush vocal arrangements, blues-tinged guitar, accordion, harmonica, and a variety of percussion, bells and whistles. If the occasion warrants, the duo also performs as a full band, adding Joel White on bass and Joe Jaworski on drums to the mix. In recent years they've toured the West Coast and performed for the International Pop Overthrow Festival in Boston, New York City and in Liverpool UK at The Cavern Club.

Along with critical acclaim and an ASCAP/Boston Music Award nomination, Bird Mancini were twice named among the Top 10 Year's Best by New England's Metronome Magazine. They've opened for Leon Russell, David Crosby (of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), Joan Osborne, Gregg Allman, Jonathan Edwards, James Montgomery, The Stompers, The Outlaws, Mighty Sam McClain and the Pousette-Dart Band.

Gospel choirs in country churches and Kansas City blues and swing were Ruby Bird's early upbringing, while Billy Carl Mancini cut his guitar-playing teeth on high school rock and roll bands covering songs by 60's greats like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles and the Stones. Their recordings have an astonishingly colorful palette--Indie-Music.com says, "It's so refreshing to hear such great variety on every single track and with such consistency and quality."  As AllMusic.com puts it, "Bird Mancini is likely to please a wide array of listeners."

Virgin airlines featured the Bird Mancini song "Because It's December" on their in-flight radio station.


me and thee coffeehouse (View)
28 Mugford St
Marblehead, MA 01945
United States


Music > All Ages
Music > Experimental
Music > Folk
Music > Jazz

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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