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VulgarGrad and The Wonderful Lives


Sun 10 Mar 2013, 7:00pm–11:00pm

Where: The Clarendon Guesthouse, 68 Lurline Street, Katoomba, Blue Mountains

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $25.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: lucaspred

VulgarGrad – that mysterious band of Russian criminals are coming back to the Blue Mountains.
Yes, it’s been too long between shots of vodka. Polish-born frontman, Jacek Koman, that rough diamond of stage and screen (Moulin Rouge, Romulus My Father, The Secret Life of Us) with a voice that resembles a jet plane scraping along the runway, has been spending more time in jail and under house arrest in Poland these days than in Australia. Other sources say he’s a big shot TV actor over there, but how can such a fearsome looking man be so beloved by a Polish TV audience? We remain skeptical. In any case, VulgarGrad has been playing more often in Europe than in Australia over the last year or so, and have recently returned from tours of Germany, Poland, Denmark and the Netherlands, where they launched their new vinyl single, Limonchiki.

Limonchiki (meaning “little lemons” in Russian) is an old Jewish gangster song from the Black Sea port of Odessa. Like all the best songs, it’s about stealing, drinking, and loving your mother. VulgarGrad play music by, for, and about Russian thieves: raucous drunken songs, inebriated waltzes, manic stomps and hot swing from the Cold War days. Be prepared for a night of gun-slinging, vodka-swilling, foul-mouthed disorder, and watch out for the biggest, most triangular instrument you will ever see, the contrabass balalaika. Wear a striped top and learn to swear in Russian, and you will dance or the trumpeter will shoot you.

Join in the revelry at The Clarendon.

Local band The Wonderful Lives are opening the show.