Squirrel Nut Zippers Present: Jazz From The Back O’ Town

Agent: Tom Gold
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    • Platinum selling Southern roots & swing revival band
    • Over 3 million records sold

From the turn of the 20th century through the 1920’s, the Back O’Town neighborhood in New Orleans had a concentration of saloons, social halls, dance clubs, and vaudeville theaters where early jazz came into existence. This place in time encapsulates the cultural melting pot that was and still is America and the intense creative forces that gave birth to jazz, rhythm and blues and ultimately rock and roll.

Squirrel Nut Zippers, who are mostly New Orleans based, present an entertaining look at this magical era and thrill audiences with reverent yet exciting musical renditions of tunes such as Jelly Roll Morton’s “Animule Ball,” Louis Armstrong’s “Back O’Town Blues,” Louis Prima’s “Sing, Sing, Sing” which was later recorded by Benny Goodman, as well as compositions by Hoagy Carmichael and Spencer Williams. This important and influential era will be recreated with appropriate costuming and instruments. Band leader Jimbo Mathus offers us a peek behind the curtain as he describes the musical inspirations behind many of the Zippers most beloved songs, and then leads the band through performances of these songs but closer to the style of their original inspirations. This provides a unique look at the origins and transformation of the band’s music – the raw elements in the Zippers bag of tricks.

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