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A Musical Journey to the Birthplace of Jazz in 1920’s New Orleans

The Zippers will Provide a Delightful View Into This Mystical Era with Reverent, Yet Exciting, Renditions of Seminal Classics, Favorites from Their Catalogue, and Musings from Frontman Jimbo Mathus.

Iconic Jazz Rockers Squirrel Nut Zippers(SNZ)have announced that they 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.

These intimate, yet devilishly-entertaining shows, will explore the late 19thCentury through the Roaring 20s NOLA Jazz scene 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” shows, the Multi-Platinum band will also perform favorites from their own catalog, adapted and arranged to more closely echo the sounds of 1920s New Orleans. Additionally, SNZ 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 SNZ 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!

Squirrel Nut Zippers

The Platinum recording artists have sold over three million albums to-date with their watershed album, Hot(1996), making them a household name. 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 pivotal release was just the beginning for the band.

Since then, SNZ has unveiled such hits as Beasts Of Burgundy(2018), which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Jazz Albums Chart, and Christmas Caravan(1998),which went on to sell a quarter of a million copies and reach #12 on the Billboard Holiday Albums chart.

Their most recent record Lost Songs of Doc Souchon debuted in late 2020.Itfeatured10 tracks–a combination of newly-penned Zippers songs, along with a few tunes from past times–and has received acclaim from fans and critics alike.

Since reactivating in mid-2016, SNZ have been performing to packed houses across the country and around the world. As Mathus has said since the band’s re-launch, “it’s not a reunion, it’s a revival.”