Squirrel Nut Zippers
Making America Weird Again
Friday, February 9, 2018
7:30 pm // Atwood Concert Hall
It’s not a reunion – it’s a revival! The quirky, nine-piece band Squirrel Nut Zippers reignited last year in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their album “Hot” which launched the hit songs “Hell” and “Put a Lid on it.”
A vintage mashup of Delta blues, pop/rock, and jazz, they’re often grouped with swing revival bands like Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, but the Zippers are far more unpredictable. As NPR put it, “It’s not easy to categorize the music of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, except that it’s hot.” The Zippers’ core is rock instrumentation plus horns and piano, with violin, banjo, saw, and more.
Band leader Jimbo Mathus and original SNZ-ers join leading musicians from New Orleans to turn up the heat and bring The Big Easy to life in the Last Frontier. Seek refuge in a joyful racket.
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TYPE OF EVENING
Eclectic music night
Big Band meets Bourbon Street
WHAT TO EXPECT
A rousing salute to hot jazz, with humor
Vintage vibes and a tongue-in-cheek ‘tude
“It’s not easy to categorize the music of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, except that it’s hot.”
Wanderers, boogiers, strangers – unite! The end is nigh but a beginning is in sight. These troubled times are easy to get you down, so seek your refuge in loftier sounds! This year has the Squirrel Nut Zippers roaming the lands, warding off evil, telling sweet lies, and making a joyful racket, on wax and on wheels.
"There's kind of a template there for (the band), that kind of New Orleans hot jazz, cabaret, vaudeville era," Squirrel Nut Zippers group leader Jimbo Mathus tells Billboard about latest album Beasts of Burgundy. "We work with early 1900s, old American weirdness, y'know? I didn't want to break the mood of that template. You can fit a lot in there, for sure. I just wanted to make the best Zippers record that ever has been made. I think that's what we've done."