In­ter­na­tional insanity: Taraf de Lo­cos

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS -

Proudly pro­claim­ing its in­ter­na­tional lean­ings with its name, Taraf de Lo­cos (trans­lated from the Ro­ma­nian and Span­ish as “band of cra­zies”) con­sists of five child­hood friends from the Bay Area. To­gether they play spir­ited mu­sic from around the world — in­clud­ing Spain, Al­ba­nia, Brazil, Mace­do­nia, Ta­jik­istan, and Mex­ico. To cover so much ground, the band­mates rely on familiar in­stru­ments like gui­tar, vi­o­lin, and trum­pet, and less familiar ones like the güira and tim­ple. Those in­ter­ested in find­ing out what ex­actly a tim­ple is are en­cour­aged to hear Taraf de Lo­cos play at Gig Per­for­mance Space (1808 Sec­ond St., on Fri­day, March 20. Tick­ets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $20.

— Loren Bien­venu

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