Happy Birthday To The Late, Great Django Reinhardt!

Today, in 1910, a guitar legend was born in Liberchies, Pont-à-Celles, Belgium, to a family of Manouche gypsies. Though born with the first name Jean, he was given the nickname “Django” which means “I Awake” in the Romani language. Django Reinhardt was drawn to music at an early age and initially played the violin. At the age of twelve, he was given a banjo-guitar as a gift and quickly learned the instrument, mimicking the Roma musicians that surrounded him in the encampments outside of Paris. By thirteen, he was making a living as a musician and by eighteen, he’d made his first recordings, playing banjo.

That same year, the caravan that he shared with his first wife, caught fire. Returning home late from a performance, Django knocked over a candle on his way to bed. His wife made imitation paper flowers as a way to supplement their meagre income and as a result, their caravan was loaded with flammable materials. Django received first and second degree burns all over his body. His right leg was paralysed and the third and fourth fingers on his left hand were badly burned. Challenging doctor’s claims that he would never walk again, he refused to have one of his legs amputated and was walking with the aid of a cane within a year.
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BPT’s Featured Venue: The Lizard Lounge

There’s a great little venue in Cambridge, Massachusetts that uses Brown Paper Tickets to ticket their events. It’s called the Lizard Lounge and Rolling Stone calls it an “eclectic hot spot.” It’s gained a reputation as a great place to see top-notch musicians performing in an intimate setting and by intimate we mean intimate (maximum capacity is right around 100 people). But they set the mood right with low lighting and a plush, cozy, hipster-basement vibe.

They have a Poetry Night on Sundays, an open mic on Mondays and live acts throughout the rest of the week. Upcoming acts include “Gypsy Dirge-core” band Bury Me Standing, who will be doing a 4 week residency on Thursdays in April, tickets available here. And “Morroccan-dosed dub-jazz collective” Club d’Elf, will be celebrating their CD Release with two shows on Friday, April 22. Special guests will include none other than John Medeski and other guests from their 13 year residency at the Lounge. Tickets available here.

For drinks, they boast a full bar with top notch custom cocktails like their Watermelon Margarita and the Absolut Homerun that features Absolut Boston vodka, white grape juice and a splash of ginger ale! They also have 24 beers on tap featuring a rotating selection of local microbrews and imported classics like Chimay and Guinness and a dinner menu that is available every night until midnight.
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