Velvet Caravan

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Musical Instrument Museum - MIM says
If one were to name one Savannah-based musical act that most exemplifies this time-honored, eclectic, and adventurous city, it would be hard to find a more appropriate ambassador than Velvet Caravan.

This unorthodox, high-energy, acoustic-based quintet of guitar, violin, stand-up bass, percussion, and keyboards (including accordion) has, over the past few years, emerged as one of the shining lights of Savannah’s burgeoning music scene. In that time, the band has grown from a somewhat informal instrumental combo, which routinely drew enthusiastic and loyal followers at raucous restaurant and bar gigs, to a respected and admired touring act that is as comfortable in an attentive listening room or large concert hall as they are in a crowded nightclub.

Velvet Caravan’s unique ability to subtly shift musical gears without sacrificing their integrity as composers and performers is rare indeed. Lately, the band has even taken things a step further, by mesmerizing and inspiring even the most finicky of schoolchildren through fun and engaging music educational programming.
“Gypsy Jazz is the root of our sound and style, but we are far from being a traditional band in that genre,” explains the group’s cofounder, classically trained, Venezuelan-born violinist Ricardo Ochoa.
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