June 11th, 2018


Squirrel Nut Zippers

It was a fun and busy weekend. Once again our city has impressed us by scheduling a great free summer concert. Last year it was the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. This year it was the Squirrel Nut Zippers. They rode the wave of the swing/big band revival in the mid-90's with the likes of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and the Cherry Poppin Daddies. I was going to say that they were part of the "Soundtrack of my Life," the set of 15 cassette mix tapes I had made during this time of the alternative hits of the day, but looking at the list, they weren't on it. I know I heard many songs from their big album "Hot" which produced the hit "Hell" which still gets airplay. And I know my friend Henry bought the cd because we listened to it a lot on our forays out into the desert. We set up our lawn chairs about 50' from the stage, but as soon as the music began, I was dancing at the front of the stage. They are such a fun group! They closed out their pre-encore set with "Hell" and went right into "The Ghost of Stephen Foster" which is one of my favorite songs since it had one of the best videos of the 90's.

To finish out the show they marched out into the crowd and did something like a New Orleans funeral. It was a great way to end the show.

The other fun thing we did this weekend was that a furiend was performing in the musical version of "The Full Monty" at our local community theater. While not on the caliber of the shows we have seen from professional touring companies, it was a darn good show.

To top everything off we are hosting SK1 for the night as he takes a roadtrip across most of the country. It's good to have the good old days back again as we used to frequently open up our place for furs heading down I-40.