Wed 5/16 @ 9PM
Live from Chicago, Johnny Iguana & the Claudettes, led by pianist Iguana, mix up musical styles and eras with insouciant glee. Rockabilly, punk, classic soul, vintage burlesque house jazz and piano-driven jump blues all bubble up in their cauldron of sound produced by Iguana, vocalist Berit Ulseth, bassist/vocalist Zach Verdoorn and drummer Danny Yost.
Iguana himself has been deeply enmeshed in the Chicago blues scene, performing with legends like Buddy Guy, Junior Wells and James Cotton, while the Claudettes honed their chops playing in funky suburban bars.
Now the band, who have visiting Cleveland frequently, are bringing a new album to town, called Dance Scandal at the Gymnasium which they describe as “early blues, ’60s pop-soul and Cramps-style psychobilly with a set of songs searching for the humanity hidden behind the vitriol, isolation and communication breakdown of the Internet Age.”
They’ll be rocking that crazy sound at the Happy Dog in Gordon Square where Cleveland’s Joshua Jesty opens. Admission is $5.