Gypsy Hombres to perform at Art Center
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Gypsy Hombres
Gypsy Hombres
The Arts Center’s Black Box Concert Series continues on March 16 with the appearance by the Nashville based string trio, The Gypsy Hombres. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. in the Sue E. Trotter Theatre at The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., in Athens. The series is sponsored by Tennessee Wesleyan College with additional support provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

The acoustic violin/guitar/upright bass trio blends traditional jazz with European, South American, and classical music to create a sound with a lively, gypsy-flavored spirit. Equally at home with Chopin, Gershwin, and Ellington, the Hombres feature original arrangements of standards that incorporate their signature riffs and melodies.

Favorites on the Nashville scene, their high level of musicianship has led each of the Hombres to play and study with a host of well-regarded performers.

Influences as diverse as Stephane Grappelli and Chet Atkins have led the Hombres to season their original compositions with a fresh sound. Each has worked with an international cast of musicians on various projects as arrangers and session musicians.

The Nashville Symphony Orchestra commissioned the composer Conni Ellisor to write a piece incorporating the Hombres original songs, melodies, and riffs in a tribute to the legendary gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. The Gypsy Hombres were featured musicians on this recording which was broadcast on NPR.

Founding member Peter Hyrka grounds the band as an outstanding violin player, while new members Rory Hoffman on guitar and Jason Oettel on bass round out their sound. In addition to their superb musicianship, the Gypsy Hombres also have a captivating and energizing stage presence sure to appeal to all music lovers. Free spirits and a knack for natural improvisations pave the way for spirited performances that will win over any audience.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for students and are available at The Arts Center, by phone 423-745-8781, and online at

The last performance in this year’s Black Box Concert Series is “Songs and Stories from the Civil War” by Bobby Horton. A music historian and longtime performer, he has contributed extensively to several Ken Burns’ documentaries, including “The Civil War,” “National Parks” and “Baseball.”

More information on the Gypsy Hombres may be found at