This was a packed house of people who mostly knew every word of every song. They weren't obnoxious singing over top of the band but it was apparent when the lead vocalist would step back from the mic that the crowd picked up the slack. Jimbo Mathus is the ultimate showman and blows out every bit of energy that he has on stage. Comes dressed in a wool band suit, in dark burgundy, complete with gold trim with a full vest and terrific boots and a derby and a wild black and white striped shirt. This outfit looks like it was bought right off of the back of a musician from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band (sans the policeman's style bill hat). Ingrid Lucia is dressed in a period black dress with a lacy "flounce" and openings down to the waist. This show is pure vaudeville with Jimbo taking every opportunity to throw sly one liners in the very brief moments between songs and the music is punk. I mean high energy, raw and irreverent! I managed to get the play list so here it is:
1) Good Enough For Grandad
2) Club Limbo
3) Put A Lid On It
4) Got My Own Thing Now
5) Blue Angel
6) La Fitte's
7) It Ain't You
8) Suits (video below)
9) Ghost of Stephen Foster
10) My Drag
11) Wished For You
12) Prince Nez
13) Bad Businessman
14) --- Hell
15) Memphis Exorcism
16) Plenty More
They also played a 2 song encore consisting of:
17) Bedlam Ballroom
18) I Found A New Baby
Mathus, the primary writer for all of the band's material is a veritable jukebox of musical knowledge, able to play in most any style. Last night I saw him playing with rich jazz chords and rag time strumming as well as neatly articulated riffs and fluid jazz runs. Lucia's voice is solid yet unusual, adding to the band's "tricks" and complimenting their strengths. Each of the horn players took a number of solo's bringing out the flavor of New Orleans embedded deep in the roots of this band and Carr's strength on fiddle both in bowing and plucking is a showcase of it's own. He also strums it like a banjo, thumps it for impact and lets not forget his featured saw playing. Yes, this band has it all.
With a remastered twentieth anniversary edition of Hot slated for release July 29 on Hollywood Records and a reunion tour to follow, Billboard is exclusively debuting "The Puffer," a never-before-released bonus track written with the late Stacy Guess. The song, which is named for an old steam train, has a Duke Ellington feel and is "kind of a creepy and very typical Zippers," says Mathus.
Listen to Unreleased "Puffer" Jimbo also notes that he's working on new material in the Squirrel Nut Zipper motif so likely we will be looking for a new release altogether in the near future!
SQUIRREL NUT ZIPPERS - 2016 TOUR DATES
|6/29/2016||Tucson, AZ||Rialto||Buy Tickets|
|6/30/2016||Tempe, AZ||Marquee||Buy Tickets|
|7/1/2016||Flagstaff, AZ||Oprheum||Buy Tickets|
|7/2/2016||Las Vegas, NV||The Downtown Grand|
|7/3/2016||Park City, UT||Deer Valley Resort||Buy Tickets|
|7/9/2016||Montreal Jazz Festival||Métropolis||Buy Tickets|
|7/30/2016||New Orleans, LA||Tipitina's||Buy Tickets|
|8/31/2016||San Diego, CA||Belly Up Tavern||Buy Tickets|
|9/1/2016||Los Angeles, CA||Teragram Ballroom||Buy Tickets|
|9/2/2016||Tuolumne, CA||Strawberry Music Festival||Buy Tickets|
|9/3/2016||Sausalito, CA||Sausalito Arts Festival||Buy Tickets|
|9/19/2016||Nashville, TN||City Winery (Two Shows)||Buy Tickets|
|9/22/2016||Atlanta, GA||City Winery (Two Shows)||Buy Tickets|
|10/18/2016||Alexandria, VA||The Birchmere||Buy Tickets|
|10/23/2016||Black Mountain, NC||LEAF Festival||Buy Tickets|
|11/11/2016||Cape May, NJ||Exit Zero Jazz Festival||Buy Tickets|
|11/12/2016||Englewood, NJ||Bergen Performing Arts Center||Buy Tickets|
Jimbo Mathus is a regular southern gentleman, a great musician and songwriter, a real card, and appears to be humbled and appreciative of every single face in the crowd and every clap of the hand.
I am extremely happy that I made the choice to go see this esoteric band of gypsies weave their magic. They are a fun group of talented musicians and their show is an absolute blast!
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