Squirrel Nut Zippers: Jazz from the Back O’ Town

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Door time: 6:30

Show time: 7:30

Iconic New Orleans based Jazz Rockers Squirrel Nut Zippers will be taking fans on a magical, musical voyage to the birthplace of Jazz as they present Jazz from the Back O’ Town – a four-show love letter to the prodigious New Orleans neighborhood known simply as the Back O’ Town. The show will explore the New Orleans jazz scene of the late 19th century through the Roaring Twenties as the Zippers provide a delightful view into this mystical era with reverent, yet exciting, renditions of such seminal classics as Jelly Roll Morton’s “Animule Ball,” Louis Armstrong’s “Back O’ Town Blues,” and many others.

During the Jazz from the Back O’ Town showsthe Platinum band will also perform favorites from their own catalog, adapted and arranged to echo the sounds of 1920s New Orleans more closely. Additionally, Squirrel Nut Zippers’ founder Jimbo Mathus will lend his humorous, insightful musings on both the musical history of one of America’s most fascinating cities and the stories and inspirations behind many of the Zippers’ most beloved songs.

Jazz From The Back O’ Town will provide a uniquely historic look at the origins and evolutions of the Squirrel Nut Zippers over the course of their career and the role the music of 1920s New Orleans has played in forming and shaping their sound. Not so much a period piece as a living “peek-behind-the-curtain” of inspiration and celebration. And it makes for a very entertaining evening!

“There is of course jazz of various stripes (mainly pre-WWII varieties) on this deliciously wide-ranging comeback, but there’s so much more: Sounds, identifiable and not, emanating from mysterious times and places, not the least of which is New Orleans, their home base, a land that, forever and still, has a mind of its own.” – Relix

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