Mon May 13, 2013
Jazz Calendar (Updated 5 / 13 / 2013)
Omaha Performing Arts presents The Iguanas sponsored by First National Bank. The eclectic New Orleans-based band performs Friday, May 17, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. in the 1200 CLUB.
Tickets for The Iguanas are $30 in advance and $35 day of show and are available online at TicketOmaha.com, by calling 402.345.0606 or at the Ticket Omaha office inside the Holland Performing Arts Center, 13th & Douglas streets.
The Iguanas’ music reflects their home and their muse: New Orleans. The rhythms of the city’s musical heritage – zydeco, blues and jazz mixed with R&B and Tex Mex – course through the band’s songs. The group’s music is so intertwined with New Orleans, their song “Oye Isabel” was recently featured on the second season of HBO’s Treme, which is set in post-Katrina New Orleans.
The Iguanas began in 1989 when San Francisco guitarist Rod Hodges fused his newfound interest in the conjunto music of his mother's Mexican heritage with bassist René Coman's Crescent City sensibilities. Now based in New Orleans, the band also features Omaha-native Joe Cabral on saxophone and keyboards and Doug Garrison on percussion. The Iguanas issued their first full-length LP on Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville label in 1993. The quartet’s latest album, Sin to Sin, was released in 2012. A reviewer for Louisiana magazine Offbeat wrote “…it’s a pleasure to hear the band’s original garage-Latin sound come back strong here. The K-Doe-styled ‘You Make Me Sick’ and the instrumental ‘Oye Mi Cumbia’ can take their place alongside ‘Oye Isabel,’ ‘Benny’s Cadillac’ and their other long-time live crowd pleasers.”
Watch a clip of The Iguanas playing “Para Donde Vas,” featuring a solo by Cabral, at TicketOmaha.com. See the band live Friday, May 17, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. in the 1200 CLUB. For more information you may visit http://www.omahaperformingarts.org/