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Squirrel Nut Zippers

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ZIP IT!: Jimbo Mathus swings into town fronting his Squirrel Nut Zippers, Feb. 6.
Monday February 6, 2023 06:30 PM EST
Cost: $32 - $45+,
CL RECOMMENDS
CL Critic Hal Horowtiz Recommends: The irrepressible Jimbo Mathus reconvenes his sprawling Zippers for one of their occasional reunion shows. The horn infused mix of New Orleans jazz, big band and pre-War swing was an anomaly when it first appeared in the mid-‘90s, nothing has changed since. It’s a frisky, often frantic sound whose appeal hasn’t waned due to the talents of the Zippers’ musicians and Mathus’ clear enjoyment at finally making a few bucks in his bumpy career. It’s well deserved. — HH

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ABOUT THE SHOW
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 wife Katherine Whalen and drummer Chris Phillips formed the band as a casual musical foray playing for friends and family around town. It wasn't long before the band (which had grown in size) developed a reputation for pioneering a quirky mix of jazz chords, folk music, and punk rock leanings and attracted a national audience.

Outside of the rollicking concerts which were rapidly growing in attendance, NPR was the first significant national media to take notice of the band followed by an appearance on Late Night With Conan O'Brien. With grunge, and alternative rock in full swing back in 1995, the Squirrel Nut Zippers debut album The Inevitable sounded like nothing happening musically at the time. After the bands sophomore release Hot became a surprise commercial success, the group went on to sell more than 3 million albums between 1995 and 2003.

Some highlights of this era include performing on Dick Clarks New years Eve broadcast; playing Carnegie Hall with Tony Bennet; appearing as musical guest on Sesame Street; performing on late night television including Letterman, Leno, Conan; having a custom animated video made by The Simpsons; performing at Bill Clintons Inaugural Presidential Ball; multiple sold out tours, and even getting the keys to the city of Cambridge, MA where the bands namesake candy hails from.

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