ROCKLAND— The Squirrel Nut Zippers’ Holiday Caravan Tour will make a stop at the Strand Theatre on Thursday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m. The show will feature the band performing classic holiday songs along with their own original music. Tickets are on sale now.
The Squirrel Nut Zippers’ most recent album, Lost Songs of Doc Souchon, debuted in late 2020. “This new album was inspired by all of the mysterious characters from the history of New Orleans jazz music,” commented band leader Jimbo Mathus. “It speaks to the hidden roots of where our aesthetic, interests and philosophy comes from. It pulls on the hidden thread.”
The 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 drummer/percussionist Chris Phillips formed the band as a casual musical foray. It wasn’t long before the band’s quirky mix of jazz chords, folk music, and punk rock leanings spread out of the region and attracted a national audience.
Between 1995-2000 the Squirrel Nut Zippers sold over three million albums. Their watershed album, Hot (1996), was recorded in New Orleans, fueled by a smoldering mix of booze and a youthful hunger to unlock the secrets of old-world jazz. This passion mixed with klezmer, blues and random bits of contemporary musical leanings became the band’s signature style. At the time, there were few other bands inhabiting this space. The album would eventually break free of any “jazz” stereotypes and land on commercial radio, taking the band to remarkable heights for an anti-establishment sound.
Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 on the day of the show. The Strand Theatre’s COVID Safety Policies for live shows require patrons and staff to wear face masks and provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within the prior 48 hours.