Talk about an evening to remember! Not only did we get to witness the spectacle that is a Squirrel Nut Zippers concert, but we had the fantastic opportunity to catch up with founding member, the amazing Jimbo Mathus just prior to the band taking the stage!
You can never know just what to expect when attending a Squirrel Nut Zippers performance, however, you can definitely bet your money on the fact that you are going to get one heck of a great show. The band’s energy is contagious and they bring such a swinging party to the stage that you cannot help but find yourself swept up and dancing the night away.
The band literally parades onto the stage with fiddle player Dr. Sick leading the way, followed by frontman Jimbo Mathus speaking haunting into his megaphone the words of “Conglomeration of Curios” off the band’s latest album release “Beasts of Burgundy”, then the lights pull up and the band blast straight into “Karnival Joe (From Kokomo) with singer Cella Blue, Tamara Nicolai on bass, Neilson Bernard III on drums and the trio of brass – Dave Boswell on trumpet, Steve Suter on trombone and Henry Westmoreland on saxophone.
One of our favorite numbers of the night was the highly energetic “Memphis Exorcism” followed by a taste of Jimbo Mathus’s solo album “Incinerator” with the track “You Are Like A Song”. We adore music that actually says something to the listener and the music of both Squirrel Nut Zippers and Jimbo Mathus take us on a journey with vivid imagery and story-telling that sucks you in from beginning to end.
While most of their set consisted of “Beasts of Burgundy” tracks the band did throw in a few from their first album “Hot” including “Bad Businessman” and of course, “Hell”! It was also amazing to see a band that truly shows a strong interaction with fans. They are not afraid to get down and dirty with the crowd and make everyone in the room feel as if they are a part of the show. Even after the show, the band hung around to greet and interact with fans and that is something that stays with fans for quite some time. They are so approachable and that is something that is severely lacking with many modern musicians these days.
If you haven’t had a chance to catch Squirrel Nut Zippers live, definitely do not miss the opportunity! They provide a magical evening of musical entertainment to feast upon.
Joe Castro and the Gravamen opened up the show, perfectly setting the tone for the Squirrel Nut Zippers to take the stage. They had the crowd up and moving with their infectious grooves and swing-style sound!
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When speaking with Jimbo Mathus, we were able to learn stories about how the “Beasts of Burgundy” album came together including its’ strong New Orlean’s influences, the current state of the music industry, Mathus’s lengthy discography, as well as more details about his solo album “Incinerator” and some possible solo touring dates on the horizon as well! You can view our full interview below:
A full gallery of images from the show can be seen below:
Photo and video credit: Brian Wild