Win Tickets ($70): Squirrel Nut Zippers – The Holiday Caravan @ Aladdin Theater | American Jazz, Swing Revival

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Squirrel Nut Zippers – The Holiday Caravan @ Aladdin Theater on November 28. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, November 26.


From our sponsors:
Squirrel Nut Zippers – The Holiday Caravan
November 28, 2018
Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | All Ages | $35
More info:

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., Portland, Oregon 97202

It was about 20 years ago when NPR’s Morning Edition said: “It’s not easy to categorize the music of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, except that it’s hot.”

2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the Squirrel Nut Zippers most celebrated and commercially successful album Hot. Originally released in the summer of 1996, Hot was the follow up to the band’s critically acclaimed debut The Inevitable. By this time the group had already established a substantial live following across the country thanks to early support from NPR, college radio and non-commercial stations. Hot wound up selling over 1.3 million copies.

A newly re-mastered version of the album along with a bonus track: “The Puffer” returned to stores in July on Hollywood Records. Long out of print on vinyl, Hot has now made its glorious return to wax on 180-gram vinyl.

In honor of the 20th Anniversary of Hot, the bands visionary creator Jimbo Mathus, along with founding member and partner Chris Phillips (Drums), have crafted a brand new stage show including several leading musicians from New Orleans to serve up the bands unique musical flavor which owes its roots to that city.

Since July, the Squirrel Nut Zippers have been on tour for the first time in almost seven years. The band has performed at many major festivals this year including: Montreal International Jazz Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, LEAF Festival and the Exit Zero Jazz Fest. On top of that, they have had sold out shows in Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Little Rock, Minneapolis and more. Fans are clearly excited the band are touring again.

“We are humbled and incredibly excited by the initial Zippers shows since the re-launch,” band leader Jimbo Mathus commented. “It’s not a reunion, it’s a revival! The band includes cutting edge talent from New Orleans and the songs have been brought to life in an exciting new way. But most things remain unchanged… An amazing experience for young and old.”

Plans are underway for the band to record a brand new album, which would be their first new studio album in seventeen years.

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71 Responses to Win Tickets ($70): Squirrel Nut Zippers – The Holiday Caravan @ Aladdin Theater | American Jazz, Swing Revival

  1. Joseph November 13, 2018 at 3:32 am #

    No party is complete without a trip to Hell. Please send me!

  2. Charles November 13, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

    Oh to be in New Orleans. But this will get me close!

  3. Carmen November 13, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

    I just started getting into jazz this year and I’d love to see my first live show with these guys – they look awesome!

  4. Maureen A. November 13, 2018 at 12:27 pm #

    Squirrel Nut Zippers at the Aladdin?!?! Sounds like fun!!!

  5. Sarah Folsom November 13, 2018 at 12:53 pm #

    I saw them many many years ago at Squirrel’s in Corvallis .great show.when we where all young

  6. Bri November 13, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

    I’d love to see how the Zipper’s have reinvented themselves! Sounds like an awesome show.

  7. Tyler Spades November 13, 2018 at 1:23 pm #

    I’d love to take my fiance out dancing to this!

  8. Peter Kirwan November 13, 2018 at 1:29 pm #

    The Squirrel Nit Zippers are like jumping into the cold ocean on a hot day. Wow! You immediately feel alive at a different level. I really want to experience that with a room full of like minded people jumping n at the same time. Wow! Wow! Wow! (Please pick me)

  9. Afton November 13, 2018 at 1:39 pm #

    Sounds like a fun evening!

  10. Kalia Gentlesnow November 13, 2018 at 1:55 pm #

    I’ve listened to them for years, it would be so amazing to see them live!!

  11. Josie Scott November 13, 2018 at 2:08 pm #

    My dad will be in town and he would LOVE LOVE LOVE to go to this show with me!!! He is the reason I love live music and I would LOVE to be able to take him to this show please!!!

  12. cassi November 13, 2018 at 2:18 pm #

    These guys are still around?!?!?! I LOVED them in high school-what a great throwback this would be :)

  13. Rachel Philips November 13, 2018 at 2:41 pm #

    This would be so perfect! Have loved the Squirrel Nut Zippers for years, and as I won’t be getting back home to New Orleans this holiday season, it would be perfect night out out for a homesick girl!

  14. Mara November 13, 2018 at 4:30 pm #

    I’d love a fun night out with this fun band! Loved them in high school! ❤️

  15. danielle geist November 13, 2018 at 4:44 pm #

    This would take me back to high school… yes please!

  16. Leslie November 13, 2018 at 5:43 pm #

    I miss Nola soooo much. This would be a lovely way to spend an evening.

  17. poppy November 13, 2018 at 6:12 pm #

    Ready to Swing on over!

  18. Cyndi November 13, 2018 at 6:34 pm #

    Love them.

  19. Sommers Ebright November 13, 2018 at 11:04 pm #

    I have followed SNZ for years. This would be perfect for date night!!! Pick me please!!!

  20. Elizabeth November 14, 2018 at 10:16 am #

    My friend is from NOLA, this would be a great surprise for her!

  21. Elizabeth W. November 14, 2018 at 10:17 am #

    My friend is from NOLA, this would be a great surprise for her! Please send us!

  22. Mark K November 14, 2018 at 10:42 am #

    Have listened to SNZ for years….time to “go live!”

  23. Lynn S November 14, 2018 at 11:47 am #

    I love the sound of their upbeat swing music. Would be nice see in concert.

  24. Tom Havey November 14, 2018 at 2:47 pm #

    This would score major wife points for me if I could take her to this show! Please?

  25. Renee November 15, 2018 at 8:06 am #

    This would be so much fun, I would love to go!

  26. Rebecca Priepke November 15, 2018 at 10:32 am #

    Love this band! I would be so fun to see them live.

  27. Julie D November 15, 2018 at 4:34 pm #

    Squirrel Nut Zippers look fun!!! I feel bad that I don’t know more about them. Please send me to the revival!

  28. Cottie November 16, 2018 at 12:02 am #

    Because I have no idea what their name means but I like their vibe.

  29. Danielle November 16, 2018 at 6:55 am #

    What a great group to see live.

  30. Coleman November 16, 2018 at 9:23 am #

    Blast from the past! this would be so fun!

  31. Aleks November 16, 2018 at 4:36 pm #

    Would love to see them!!!!!!

  32. Kristin November 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

    Because I’m poor and I desperately need some entertainment!

  33. Lauri November 20, 2018 at 12:29 pm #

    My friend’s favorite band… let me surprise her with good news!

  34. Melissa Cole November 20, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

    I would love to see them again. This is a band my dad and I used to listen to when I was a teenager, one of the only things we agreed on. We don’t talk much anymore because of conflicting schedules and to surprise him with a night out reminding us of one of our favorite memories would be really special. Honestly I’m happy for whatever wins, they are a sight to see live!!

  35. Elizabeth November 20, 2018 at 1:00 pm #

    Oh the memories! I would love to see them

  36. Megan Papis November 20, 2018 at 1:02 pm #

    I just lost my job (right before the holidays of course), so we haven’t been able to really do anything fun. This would be the perfect thing to get us in the spirit.

  37. Court November 20, 2018 at 1:06 pm #

    Visited New Orleans this summer n been trying to get back ever since! This would get me damn near close!

  38. Hayley November 20, 2018 at 1:41 pm #

    My holidays would be complete if I saw the Squirrel Nut Zippers live! Please send me!!

  39. Brad November 20, 2018 at 1:54 pm #

    Sounds like fun.

  40. Marianne Silva November 20, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

    This would be amazing!

  41. Mac Hays November 20, 2018 at 3:13 pm #

    Just went to the Aladdin for the first time and it’s so cool! Can’t wait for more shows

  42. CHRIS MILLER November 20, 2018 at 3:31 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to see them

  43. Jeff Brosy November 20, 2018 at 3:54 pm #

    I’ve loved the ‘zips Christmas Caravan album since it came out in the late 90’s. Seeing them live at the Aladdin would make a joyously, ‘Nawlins-y Holiday!

  44. Deena November 20, 2018 at 4:00 pm #

    This has all the makings of a fun evening.

  45. Hannah Christman November 20, 2018 at 4:21 pm #

    My dad introduced me to this band when I was in high school and his birthday is coming up in december and I’d love to take him!! They made me think differently about music all together and my ability to enjoy dance is inspired by the toe tapping rhythm inherent in Squirrel Nut Zipper’s music!!

  46. Tonya Davis November 20, 2018 at 5:04 pm #

    Would love to go because I need a night out dancing my feet off!

  47. Kathy Rankin November 20, 2018 at 6:06 pm #

    They haven’t done a CD in 17 years? I wonder why. I remember this band probably when they first came out. A friend of mine gave me their CD. I would like to see them myself live. If you pick me, I can even arrange to shoot some pics (with permission) and share !

  48. Ed November 20, 2018 at 6:11 pm #

    NPR turned me on to Squirrel Nut Zippers.
    I’ve been a fan ever since. Good luck everyone

  49. Brent L Walker November 20, 2018 at 6:14 pm #

    Because I deserve them! I wanna wanna go! Don’t make me beg………ok I’m begging. Now I’m barking for tickets Wooof Wooof! How else can I convince you the tickets are mine?

  50. Pam K November 20, 2018 at 7:32 pm #

    We’ve been listening to our Squirrel Nut Zippers Christmas Caravan CD every year since it came out in 1998. Wow! Has it already been 20 years?! Would be so fun to see them in concert during the holiday season.

  51. Nick November 20, 2018 at 11:44 pm #

    Sounds like a fun night for the ears.

  52. TaraFM November 21, 2018 at 6:13 am #

    The P and the I and the C and the K and the M and the E and the PLEEAASE! :)

  53. Kimber McCandless November 21, 2018 at 6:32 am #

    Funny name !! I must see what they are all about. They sound amazing and seeing them at the Alladin Theater would be a kick. I would love this…..
    Thank you

  54. Kelly G November 21, 2018 at 7:59 am #

    I still wear my SNZ tour shirt from the 90’s and would love to show it off again!

  55. Ebony November 21, 2018 at 10:55 am #

    My youngest daughter has just recently mentioned to me that her favorite type of music is jazz and she is embracing the world of swing and dance. I thought this would be a perfect gift for her!! Finances are so tight this year..what better gift to give than to share such an experience with her!!?? Something that reinforces her growing love for the arts and a memory she can hold forever.. .

  56. Corra November 21, 2018 at 10:57 am #

    I want to take my sister sooooooo bad!!!

  57. Corra November 21, 2018 at 10:58 am #

    I want to take my sister sooooooo bad!!

  58. Eddie November 21, 2018 at 10:59 am #

    A gift for My One…
    She really wants to take her daughter to this event . …

  59. natasha November 21, 2018 at 11:32 am #

    I’d adore to see them live!!!! pick me!!!

  60. Derika November 21, 2018 at 4:39 pm #

    I found out recently that I’ve been a fan for years without knowing who they are and so I would love to get to see them in person but unexpected expenses have “tightened the purse strings” even more than usual and so this would be the only way I’d get to see them.

  61. Kate November 21, 2018 at 5:06 pm #

    I love squirrels.

  62. Ellen November 21, 2018 at 8:29 pm #

    Sounds moving! I’m in

  63. Jeny November 21, 2018 at 9:13 pm #

    I would love to celebrate my birthday in this way and dance, dance! Thanks for the chance!

  64. Diane McLaughlin November 22, 2018 at 11:35 am #

    Love these bands! Sounds like a great show

  65. Aaron November 22, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

    It’s like NPR said: because it’s hot!

  66. Dave G. November 22, 2018 at 8:43 pm #

    Glad to hear they’re touring again! Fun way to celebrate the holidays!

  67. kai November 23, 2018 at 1:45 pm #

    Love me some SNZ!

  68. Aaron Cullen November 23, 2018 at 8:44 pm #

    I would love to take my girlfriend to this!

  69. Yvonne November 25, 2018 at 11:50 am #

    I’ve loved SNZ since the 90s and It’s my birthday! Please send me!!!

  70. Minna November 25, 2018 at 12:29 pm #

    Thanks for the chance to win! The last time we saw SNZ was in a now defunct tiny venue Asheville, NC nearly two decades ago. We’d love to see them again and see how well we’ve all aged.

  71. Heather November 25, 2018 at 3:19 pm #

    Been a fan since elementary school. I’d love to see them live!

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