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Bourgeois Gypsies unite into a harmonious whole

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What happens when a high-desert troubadour, an innkeeper, the tallest bass player around and a mariachi’s grandson walk up to an open mic? They jam, of course.

Kaisa MacDonald and Arnold Mitchem head up the Bourgeois Gypsies, who play a free show at 9 p.m. Friday, March 21, at the Tahoe Biltmore in Crystal Bay.

MacDonald, a self-trained musician, combines folk-punk finger-picking with dreamy, crooning vocals. Mitchem has played bass with guitarist Jeff Buckley and Tool drummer Danny Carey in a band named the Wild Blue Yonder, and recorded with Chris Whitley as well as Seals & Croft. He also released two instrumental guitar CDs, “Desert Dreams” and “Mojave Moon.”

Bass player Taylor Williams, standing 6-foot-8, returned from a journey around the world to pick up the low end. Kieth Rutherford, a San Diego native turned Tahoe snowboarder, rounds up the lineup.

The Bourgeois Gypsies’ debut, “Blue Morning,” has received airplay on college and indie radio, as well as the Internet. The group has earned invitations to music festivals in Toronto and Cincinnati, and is developing a fan base in the Sierra.

If you go

Who: the Bourgeois Gypsies

Where: Tahoe Biltmore, Crystal Bay

When: 9 p.m. Friday, March 21

Cost: free

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