Ken Leighton 1 p.m., Oct. 21
RIYL: Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, Gogol Bordello, BandàpArt, the Pogues, Lexington Field
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Inception: San Diego, 2013
Influences: Mumford & Sons, Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, Gogol Bordello, BandàpArt, Imagine Dragons, the Lumineers, Of Monsters & Men, the Pogues
Gypsy-folk rockers Quel Bordel were founded when a Ukrainian gypsy named Jakovich Skolnick (BandapArt, the Plastic Revolution) met classical violinist Regina Brown (Nervous Wreckords, Rihanna) on a French Caribbean cruise line. After meeting two Filipino brothers on a fishing trip, the band added Aaron de la Rosa and Allen de la Rosa to the lineup, before heading to America to enlist drummer/Ricky-Gervais look-a-like Nick Sitar.
Beginning with a year-long residency headlining Gaslamp venue Jimmy Love’s, the band has headlined gigs at the Casbah and the House of Blues mainstage. Their debut EP Qui Ne Chante Pas was released in 2013, followed by a second EP, Does Not Speak French, in May 2014.
The group played over 150 nationally touring dates in 2014, including a festival date opening for Real McKenzies, as well as booking an international tour slated for 2015 opening for French gypsy phenomenon Bandapart in Europe.