That’s according to the band’s boss man, Roli Strobel. And to stack the deck even further, this is also the year of the theater group’s 25th anniversary. The Hora’Band will play their part of the big stage extravaganza tonight in a «salon version» fresh from the likely sold-out opening at the Schauspielhaus, January 29. Unruly «saloon version» will be more like it. To be sure, if you didn’t know, the members of this fascinating ensemble all sport a «state certified» mental disability. The state always knows of course, but it’s to our benefit that all of them flew over the cuckoo’s nest. Way over, landing squarely in musical territory few have the guts to enter. While their repertory is closely related to electric folk, their sound captivates with a light and easy, sometimes kooky, often innocent touch. It brims with its own considerably elemental force and you are witness to something happening that’s not going to be repeated the same way ever again. Running through their pieces is a loosey goosey free association and improvisation that’s distinctly theirs. Still the crown jewel of music making, yes, but theirs is entirely free of any stylistic straitjacket do’s and don’ts, leading to spontaneous combustion. It’s music that lives in the moment and that particular moment only while creating a languishing sound that isn’t just art simply imitating life, it’s life itself. It’s also the group’s heartfelt chapeau to the great Bobby D. but even more so, it’s first and foremost happy music.
This charming motley crew centers around the supremely talented singer-songwriter Denise Wick Ross on mandolin and vocals, Enrico Rizzi on dobro and banjo, Dr. Vree on Wurlitzer and vocals, Lukas Selinger on glockenspiel and drums and their passionate and tireless leader Roni Strobel on electric guitar and vocals.
Get ready. The inmates are taking over the asylum. Live at el Lokal, the Hora’Band, straight from the big stage to the saloon stage.