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Day 45 – Mucca Pazza

November 13th, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

The continuing adventures of “Eric’s Trip Around the Sun”. One final trip with the iPod.


There are times when a band will come out of nowhere to surprise you. Whenever you check out a live act without any prior knowledge, that is part of the ordeal. The fact is that most bands do not have the talent

In the case of Mucca Pazza, it was developing an idea and theme that has been wholly original. Forming in 2004 in the city of Chicago, they bring together various influences to create the most overt marching band that you would ever run into.

Mucca Pazza need to be seen live. Their act is engaging, enthusiastic and full of energy. The 3 E’s.

They could be best described as band geeks that never grew up. However, unlike the structured nature of marching band, this is anything but; unique costumes, cheerleaders dancing on bars, it’s the moment that the band teacher walked out of the office to grab a smoke in the teachers lounge when the moment began. There will be musicians mingling through the audience during the show playing the drums, horns, whatnot and providing the audience with a B12 shot worth of energy.

There are a couple of choice favorite tracks from them but my favorite would be Borino Oro, a track with a hint of indie rock hidden within the vast 20 piece marching band.

The first time I saw them was on a warm Saturday evening in Amdersonville during Midsommarfest (likely 2008?). My wife and I had immediately fallen in love with the concept and idea behind the band. It was one of those times that a good review and being in the right place at the right time meant an easy sell . . . for a lifetime.

• Mucca Pazza – Borino Oro
• Dream Syndicate – Boston
• Menomena – Bote
• Caribou – Bowls

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