I have to say that I have a certain appreciation for bands who make a point of playing shows off the beaten path. Anyone who has done any touring knows that these shows have the potential for being the most fun stops of any tour. For this leg of the Squirrel Nut Zippers’ West Coast tour the band has shows in Grants Pass, Oregon and Nevada City, California.
Such probably shouldn’t be surprising, as the Squirrel Nut Zippers have made a career out mixing the irreverent with fun. Hailing from a smaller city in North Carolina, the Zippers made their name by mixing musical influences like jazz and blues with a lively performance style that is much more Mardi Gras burlesque than coffee lounge chill.
Having become popular in the ’90s for their large part in popularizing the revival of swing music over the national radio airwaves, the band is currently bringing its boozy, showy, upbeat shows to the nation’s beer halls and theaters while they count down the days to the release of their first studio album in 17 years, “Beasts Of Burgundy,” slated to come out March 23.
On Thursday night, the sizable band will be squeezing into Reno’s The Saint. Tickets are available at the door for what will surely be a swinging night on the Saint’s dance floor. However, most have already sold, so look into getting yours before what will likely be a sell-out show.
– Shaun Astor
- Squirrel Nut Zippers
When: 9 p.m. Thursday, March 8
Where: The Saint, Reno
Tickets: $33.67 in advance, $38.95 day-of-show
Ages: 21 and older