Squirrel Nut Zippers Bring Holiday Caravan Tour to Stowe | Vermont Arts

Famous southern swing revival band, Squirrel Nut Zippers, are hosting their “Holiday Caravan” tour at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe at 7 pm Wednesday as part of a 17-date tour.

The show features the prominent ensemble performing original tunes from their 1998 album “Christmas Caravan” in addition to classic holiday songs and hit songs from their impressive lineup – like the groundbreaking 1996 single and the raucous dance number ” Hell “, for example, from his acclaimed 1997 album,” Hot. “

Known for their dance-inducing, saucy and risky performances filled with colorful plays and costumes, the Zippers are led by Mississippi frontman Jimbo Mathus, 54. fiddler, Dr Sick.

The Zippers are also performing in support of their latest album, “Lost Songs of Doc Souchon,” released last year, which honors a key figure in the preservation of pre-jazz music in New Orleans.

“Lost Songs” follows on from the band’s 2018 album “Beasts of Burgundy”, which followed an almost 10-year hiatus for the group, which Mathus and Katherine Whalen formed in 1993 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. .

“Christmas Caravan”, the album, was released just months after the Zippers’ third album, “Perennial Favorites” of 1998. An unconventional holiday album, of course, it’s also one of the most compelling of its kind. and he’s still strong almost 25 years later.

The All Music Guide calls it “an album that brings swing and hot jazz to life, polishing it up a bit with ironic humor while remaining respectful of the music’s heritage,” adding, “The Zippers know how to move on. a good time, and that’s exactly what ‘Christmas Caravan’ does, thanks to their enthusiastic performances, strong songwriting and crisp covers. ”

The show’s opening is Atom & the Orbits, a modern Vermont-based rock band known for their powerful two-minute old-fashioned Chuck Berry-style pop songs.

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