For the first time in seven years, the Squirrel Nut Zippers are going out on the road.
The band, who were part of the mid-90's Swing revival along with the Brian Setzer Orchestra, the Cherry Poppin' Daddies and the Royal Crown Revue, released five studio albums between 1995 and 2000 and had mainstream success with the single Hell which reached number 13 on the Modern Rock chart.
The band was inactive from 2000 to 2006 but was revived starting in 2007 for occasional tours over the next three years; however, they have not toured since 2009.
2016 is the twentieth anniversary of their biggest album, Hot, and they are celebrating with a series of dates starting at the end of June. The band's founder, Jimbo Mathus, and partner Chris Phillips (drums) have put together a new stage show that features singer Ingrid Lucia of Flying Neutrino’s fame along with a number of New Orleans area musicians.
Phillips said of the tour "The band has been quiet for long enough. Honestly, the songs from such a unique and rambunctious catalog never get old on stage. When it was brought to my attention that 2016 was the 20th anniversary of Hot I knew the timing was right. We take great pleasure in the sense of togetherness we maintain with audiences that have such a wide age range - from young to old and those in between. Even the old are young at heart when they are at a Squirrel Nut Zippers show..."
- 06/29 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto
- 06/30 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee
- 07/01 - Flagstaff, AZ - Oprheum
- 07/03 - Park City, UT - Deer Valley Resort
- 09/03 - Sausalito, CA - Sausalito Arts Festival
- 10/18 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
- 10/23 - Black Mountain, NC - LEAF Festival