Saturday, January 07, 2017

Squirrel Nut Zippers; Davina and the Vagabonds @ Highline Ballroom

Squirrel Nut Zippers; Davina and the Vagabonds
@ Highline Ballroom
New York, NY - January 7, 2017

It was a frozen wasteland outside but Hot as "Hell" inside (sorry) as Jimbo Mathus brought a reignited Squirrel Nut Zippers to New York City in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the hit album. "Put a Lid on It" and "Hell" led the many beloved fables from Hot, but this now New Orleans based outfit (with help from a local vocalist - name please if you read this and know) also delved into later classics like "Ghost of Stephen Foster" and "Suits are Picking Up the Bill" and also showcased some new tunes for a new record which, if the talents of the current brass (and everything else) are anything to go by, will be just fine. Or perhaps one is already being brainwashed by Jimbo's personal physician and fiddle/saw player, Dr. Sick.

Meanwhile, SQZ nearly got one-upped (or four-upped) and had the show dang near completely stolen from them by opening act Davina and the Vagabonds. A fitting compliment with their own smashing way with Dixieland Jazz, these Twin Cities mischief makers led by the compelling and hypnotic Davina Sowers also work up Soul and Rhythm and Blues with panache and depth.

1 Comments:

At January 14, 2017 at 2:23:00 AM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Hamburger Panther was here.

 

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