Squirrel Nut Zippers - 3/28

Squirrel Nut Zippers - 3/28

Wednesday, March 28 2018 6:00 pm Doors / 8:00 pm Start / Ends 10:00 pm (Estimated End Time)

Tickets

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$55.00
Premier
$50.00
Reserved
$45.00
Bar Stool
$40.00
Wed Mar 28 2018

Squirrel Nut Zippers - 3/28

at City Winery New York City

Doors:
6:00 pm
Starts:
8:00 pm
Ends:
10:00 pm (Estimated End Time)

Tickets

VIP
$55.00
Premier
$50.00
Reserved
$45.00
Bar Stool
$40.00

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About:

The Squirrel Nut Zippers began their musical journey in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in the mid
1990’s, as a musician’s escape from the cookie cutter world of modern rock radio at the time.
Jimbo Mathus along with drummer/percussionist Chris Phillips formed the band as a casual
musical foray among friends and family in the area. It wasn’t long before the band’s quirky mix
of Jazz chords, Folk music, and Punk Rock leanings spread out of the region and attracted a
national audience.

Between 1995-2000 the Squirrel Nut Zippers sold over three million albums. Their watershed
album, Hot (1996) was recorded in the heat of New Orleans, fueled by a smoldering mix of
booze and a youthful hunger to unlock the secrets of old world jazz. This passion mixed with
Klezmer, Blues, Americana and random bits of contemporary music became the bands
signature style. At the time, there were few other bands inhabiting this space. The album
would eventually break free of any “jazz” stereotypes and land on commercial radio, taking the
band to remarkable heights for what was essentially an anti-establishment sound.

Years later and through chronicles of every kind, the band has emerged from a lengthy
recording hiatus, reinvigorated, reinvested, and rejuvenated. “It’s not a reunion, it’s a revival”
has been the battle cry for Mathus since reforming the group in 2016. With an all star cast of
New Orleans musicians, the band breathed new life in to the old material, and inspired Mathus
to return to the studio to reignite the band’s unique, enigmatic sound.


The result, is the first Squirrel Nut Zippers studio album in eighteen years titled Beasts of
Burgundy. A return to form, the album embraces the city that first inspired the group. Enlisting
Mike Napolitano - who recorded all the bands previous albums - was a magical first step in the
process. “Nappys Dugout”, located in the Marigny, resembled the original style and feel of
Kingsway, the now gone studio where the Zippers recorded much of their catalog. The Dugout,
located in the home of Mike Napolitano and Ani DiFranco, created the perfect environment to
inspire the original feeling that so excited Mathus at the very beginning of the Zippers long
career.

A long list of songs in hand, Jimbo and violin player Dr. Sick began shaping and crafting the
songs that would eventually become Beasts of Burgundy, a handsome moniker referring to
Burgundy Street in New Orleans. “The Zippers have always been full of outlandish characters
which provide great self referential material for songs” Mathus remarked. “The new revival of
the band is no exception and, since we rehearsed the new show on Burgundy St in New
Orleans, I thought of this title and story about the ‘Beasts’ who accidentally miss Mardi Gras.”

The album itself heralds the band’s mission whilst having a fresh objective of it’s own; A hand
tailored thrift store suit of songs, stitched into one complete body of material. All drawing from
the same well of mystery, dark alleyways, and long forgotten potions of romance, this album
weaves together true stories from New Orleans past, along with rollicking barnstormers full of
all the usual twists and turns that are the hallmark of the Squirrel Nut Zippers sound.

The first single from the album “Karnival Joe (From Kokomo)” comes directly from Jimbo’s
interest in carney folk. “I’ve always been fascinated by Side Shows and Carnival Midways,”
remarked Mathus. “Karnival Joe was inspired by an obscure recording from Dr. Souchon and
from reading about the the old Cayetano Circus Of New Orleans.”

The group has spent the better part of the last two years shaping its chemistry and honing its
sound on the road, working its way towards this Inevitable conclusion of songs. A kind of
uncontrolled experiment in music on the road allowed the band to feed off audiences energy
and surrender to the dancing muse, rather than trying to subscribe to a preconceived notion.

An audience…a band onstage…both complicit in the desire to defy the world as we know, if only
for a brief spell. “Let the music lead,” was always Jimbo’s motto, and continues to be.
Beasts Of Burgundy is twelve original new songs from the mind of Jimbo Mathus and the
Squirrel Nut Zippers. Inspired by the city of New Orleans, the poet Ron Cuccia, and a disregard
for convention, the bands latest studio release will be released on March 23 rd , on Southern
Broadcasting.