San Francisco’s ambassadors of gypsy rock, Diego’s Umbrella captures California’s cultural multiplicity with enthusiasm, humor, decadence and a bit of fury.
These urban, gringo, gypsy mariachis have performed well over a thousand live shows, cloaked in sleek, often homemade, outfits and create an infectious good time for all walks of life. With a mix of Eastern European tradition, pop sensibility and punk rock energy, the band’s unforgettable performance has visually and aurally captivated diverse audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe. Influenced heavily by flamenco, klezmer, rock, Balkan and Latin music, Diego’s Umbrella has blurred musical lines to give the world what they call Gypsy Rock. Where Gogol Bordello meets Muse.
While the origins of Diego’s Umbrella date back to the Fall of 2001, with the collaboration of founding members Vaughn Lindstrom (acoustic guitar, vocals) and Tyson Maulhardt (electric guitar), they officially hit the scene in 2005 with consistent west coast touring and the release of their first full-length album Kung Fu Palace. Violinist Jason Kleinberg came on board early in the project, Ben Leon (vocals, guitar) and Jake Wood (drums) teamed up in early 2009 and the 6-some was rounded out by new bass player Marcus Schmidt in 2011.
The Group has put out 3 studio albums including Viva la Juerga ’07, Double Panther ’09, and is currently working on their fourth full-length with Bay Area producers the Rondo Brothers, set for a mid 2012 release. They have been featured in major motion pictures, network television, and numerous documentaries, in addition to countless worldwide radio and print. The band recently signed with Ninth Street Opus, put out a two song single in the summer of 2011, tours throughout the year and has played numerous domestic festivals including Musikfest, High Sierra and Outside Lands, in addition to festivals across Europe.
"Both Diego’s albums, Viva La Juerga and Double Panther, are exciting twists on popular gypsy fusion, encompassing DeVotchKa’s dramatic sound and Gogol Bordello‘s intensity."