As the sound of string instruments rose in volume, the energy in the room began to feel electric.
Fans from across Alamance County packed into the snug lobby of Main Street Vinyl, 321 S. Main St., Burlington, on Friday to witness area band Gipsy Danger shoot a live music video.
Gipsy Danger uses bluegrass instruments to perform popular songs from a variety of genres. The band consists of five men — P.D. Ross, Clayton Durham, Marty Robertson, Jared Matthews and Wayne Reich — who share a passion for the kind of music they grew up listening to.
P.D. Ross, the band’s guitar player, is a regular customer at Main Street Vinyl. After coming to the shop a few times, Ross and Main Street Vinyl owner Joshua Garrett began talking about the possibility of the band playing in the store.
In an attempt to gain more exposure for the record store and Gipsy Danger, the group decided to perform on stage in the middle of the store.
Devoted fans, like Joanna Rupert, follow the group around to different venues.
“There’s no artificial sound,” she exclaimed as she bobbed her head to the tune of a song. She’s been a proud fan of the band for seven years.
Rupert is a member of the Mebane Travel Team. Their team consists of 15 people who love the band and plan to follow them to venues.
The Mebane Travel Team started out with eight people who would take turns carpooling to see Gipsy Danger perform. The group eventually grew, which meant it was time for them to come up with a better mode of transportation.
Steve and Aimee Krans, faithful members of the Mebane Travel Team, took it upon themselves to buy a bus to accommodate the traveling needs. Adorned with a painting of a blue My Little Pony, the whimsical party bus fits the eccentric aesthetic portrayed by the group. They stressed that the paintings on the bus are not finished and don’t do their intended vision justice just yet. Adding an additional lighthearted layer to the group, the inside of the bus has multicolored lights and tie-dyed seats.
Huddled near the entrance far from the beer kegs were a few of the younger fans. While some of the music was clearly years before their time, they still danced around with as much passion as any of the older patrons. Like the older age group, the young people present enjoyed the fresh sounds of the instruments coupled with new renditions of songs everyone loves.
The music video will be shown on Gipsy Danger's website, www.gipsydangerband.com, next month.
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