We saw DeVotchKa again Friday night. This is the third or fourth time we’ve seen them live and they never fail to amaze me. The first time was back in June 2003 at Burlesque Fest in LA, where they were the musical accompaniment to the performances. This most recent show was at the Fillmore, which is the biggest place we’ve seen them. Smaller venues are always better but the Fillmore isn’t so big that it detracted from our enjoyment of the show (although, size aside, I don’t particularly care for the place).

DeVotchKa’s Wikipedia entry describes them as “a four piece multi-instrumental and vocal ensemble that fuses Romani, Greek, Slavic, Bolero, and Mariachi music with American punk and folk roots”. That’s a pretty good starting point, but you really have to hear them to understand what they do. What this description doesn’t get across is the energy in their performances. Some of their rowdier pieces can get the whole audience jumping and clapping along.

Right up there with Calexico, this is definitely one of my favorite bands to see live, and one that I’ll go out to see over and over, whenever I get the chance.