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Gogol Bordello brings its globe-trekking sound to Rapids Theatre

A strong week at Niagara Falls' Rapids Theatre is set to kick off with a performance from the eclectic gypsy-punk outfit Gogol Bordello.

Led by explosive frontman Eugene Hutz, the theatrical road warriors have been releasing a steady stream of culture-clashing records since forming in Manhattan's Lower East Side in 1999. The band's constant touring has taken it all over the world, with performances at such large events as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and  Glastonbury.

If you want to prepare yourself for the band's notorious live show, dig up the 2008 documentary "Gogol Bordello Non-Stop"  for a proper introduction.

Gogol Bordello's latest album, the August released "Seekers and Finders," continues to expand the group's globe-trekking sound, this time honing in on elements of roots, country and Southwestern flare rather than its trademark Hungarian folk rooted music.

Recent SXSW standout, the brassy New York City funk outfit Lucky Chops, will open the show. The must-see live act has been known to frequently slip samples from artists like Adele to Foreigner into its own original arrangements.

Gogol Bordello: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls). Tickets are $25.50 in advance, $32 at the door (box office, Ticketfly or charge by phone at 877-987-6487).

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