If you’re in the mood for an enormous acoustic folk band full of talented yet over-the-top European musicians, look no further than Berlin’s 17 Hippies. This band involves pretty much every instrument you can think of (minus percussion) and mixes traditional East European and French music with Western pop to create what has become known as “Berlin Style.” Though the Hippies are now down to 13 members, they’re just as quirky as ever and their U.S. tour kicks off at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on Sept. 1. Tickets are $15. 17hippies.de.
17 Hippies: Berlin’s Hippest
—by Laura Gesualdi, August 28, 2009