Mondo Cane U.S. Premiere at Hardly Strictly

Mike Patton's, Mondo Cane brought an orchestra to Bluegrass festival.

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Mike Patton sung the whole set in Italian Sunday.
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"We put the ass back in bluegrass," announced Mike Patton in-between songs at the 2010 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.
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Mike Patton brought his newest project, Mondo Cane, to Golden Gate Park for their US debut Sunday.
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The set was the most interesting one I've seen at the Bluegrass Festival over the last 10 years.
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Patton brought out Magik*Magik Orchestra, a 12-person string section, to play for the evening.
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Bands like this make the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival one of the best around, and not just because it is free.
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Not many other bands will give you a line delivered like this, not to mention that the set was sung in Italian.
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Longtime collaborator, guitarist Trey Spruance (center), played during the hour-fifteen-minute show.
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Of the two dozen musicians on stage, a conductor (right) kept the string section in check.
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Patton crooned like never before, something he has only touched on in earlier bands, where with Mondo Cane, he really gets to stretch his maestro muscles singing these great old Italian tunes.
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Mondo Cane released an album of 1950s and 1960s Italian pop tunes earlier this year and ended up debuting at No. 2 on the [US] Billboard classical charts.
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You could tell Patton was having a great time at this performance, seen here blasting his megaphone at the string section.
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While most people in the audience didn't understand a word that was being sung, everyone who was at this extremely rare performance seemed to love every minute of it.
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Let's hope this isn't the only time Mondo Cane plays the Bay Area.
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Thanks for the good times, Mr. Patton and thank you Warren Hellman for 10 years of incredible live musical acts seen for free in the park.
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