With only a handful of shows under its belt, the newly christened Social Hall will host the heathens of Diego’s Umbrella this Friday night. The Regency Ballroom’s subterranean lair should be enough to contain their latest return to the bay after a few pent up months of circling the western US like klezmer-spirited sharks.
For fans that haven’t left their home in a few years, you last heard the quintet’s 4th album, Proper Cowboy (2012). Since then, the band has gone through some lineup shifts but thankfully soldiered forth continuing to perform with fiddle and party drum in tow. The latest incarnation shifts from six members to five, adding Kevin Gautschi on guitar. If that name looks familiar, you may recognize the voice as well from making up one-third of Major Powers & the Lo-Fi Symphony.
Along with a new face comes five* new songs. Songs for the Juerga was released over the summer but this Friday’s show will act as a more formal release. Along with four originals, including a number on the importance of comparing yourself to Don Quixote, is a longtime live standout. A recording of “Hava Nagila” caps the set of songs, known for an exhausting build into sweaty frenzy from both the Diego’s crew and audience alike. Buy the new EP.