Diego's Umbrella is a melting pot of musical genres

Gypsy rock band Diego's Umbrella will perform at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center on Thursday. Courtesy Diego's Umbrella.

It doesn't take much to put a smile on Jake Wood's face.

The drummer for gypsy rock band Diego's Umbrella had a good night at a recent private party gig in San Francisco.

"They had truffles," he says. "I was happy."

Diego's Umbrella will play at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center on Thursday.

Playing in the band for the past six or seven years also makes Wood happy. The San Francisco-based group was founded in 2001 and Wood finagled a chance meeting through a maze of Craigslist ads to eventually meet the musicians and join a band he'd never heard of.

"I enjoyed the instrumental aspects," he says. "I was excited to play with a band that allowed the drummer to play a lot of different styles of music. Some musicians get off on that idea - I get to play some ska and some punk rock? Sign me up."

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With a musical blend of Eastern European gypsy, Spanish flamenco, polka/ska and rock, they've earned comparisons to MarchFourth! (who they'll open for at Stargazers), DeVotchKa and Gogol Bordello. They've released four albums and two EPs, including last year's "Ready for the Juerga" with the often requested song, "Hava Nagila."

Wood noticed some musical growth in their latest offering, and thinks it's due to a more defined songwriting process and the natural byproduct of getting older.

"Our songwriting has matured a little bit," he says. "There's a lack of humor, which we used to have. What you get instead is more sincerity - nobody will have a problem with that."


7 p.m. Thursday, Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, $15; 476-2200, stargazers theatre.com

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