Mike Patton (Faith No More, Peeping Tom, et al) brings his orchestral Italian language project Mondo Cane to U.S. shores for the first time on Oct. 3, with a performance at San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.
Patton released the self-titled Mondo Cane debut in May on his own Ipecac Recordings but unveiled the live incarnation years earlier through a series of European recitals. Videos from the overseas concerts have racked up hundreds of thousands of views with music fans outside of the EU eager to get a glimpse of Patton performing standards including "Scalinatella" and "Il Cielo In Una Stanza" as well as lesser known gems like the late '60s Italian civil rights opus "Urlo Negro."
Described as "...flagrantly enjoyable from first gasp to final croon" (The Onion), "engaging" (Alternative Press) and a "rich and heartfelt celebration of Italian pop music" (Spin), Patton has said that Mondo Cane is one of his most beloved projects to date.
The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival (strictlybluegrass.com) is a free three-day concert, Oct. 1 to 3, in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. This year's line-up features a wide variety of musicians including Elvis Costello and the Sugarcanes, Joan Baez, Bonnie Prince Billy & the Cairo Gang, Steve Earle and the Dukes, Patty Griffin and numerous others.