The Iguanas

HopMonk Sebastopol presents

The Iguanas

Alison Harris

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

HopMonk Tavern - Sebastopol

Sebastopol, CA

$20.00 - $25.00

Off Sale

This event is 21 and over

The Iguanas
The Iguanas
​New Orleans, Louisiana's Iguanas reflect the diversity of musical styles found in their home state by fusing blues, classic R&B, zydeco, Cajun, jazz, cumbia, Tex-Mex, and roots rock & roll.​


What if Americana actually encompassed ALL of North America? You'd have the Franco Acadian inflections of Canada, as best exemplified by le accordion, blues and jazz, the only truly indigenous musics the US has ever produced, and the lilting grace and fiery passion of the music of Mexico. You'd also have New Orleans' premiere distillers of this continental musical melange, The Iguanas, and their new album Juarez. Taking their cues from all of the above influences and then some, Juarez, the band's first studio album since 2012's Sin to Sin, redefines the notion of Americana, crossing cultures, styles, eras...and even languages. It's as if Rue Bourbon, Muscle Shoals and Plaza México were all within earshot of each other and The Iguanas were the musical conduit between them. Based out of New Orleans for the past couple of decades save for a short, Katrina imposed exile in Austin the members of the Iguanas have (collectively or individually) played or recorded with everyone from Charlie Rich, Alex Chilton, and Willie DeVille to Emmylou Harris, Allen Toussaint, and Pretty Lights. Their two decade ride has taken them all over the map musically and geographically, yet the inescapable patina of their hometown infuses every note they play. Through eight studio albums, countless tours and Jazz Fest appearances, and a flood that did its best to take their adopted city with it, it's a testament to the band's endurance that the same four guys that started playing in the early 1990s are still together. Joe Cabral is philosophical about the band's persistence in the face of challenges that would have felled indeed have felled lesser bands. "First of all, this is all we know how to do; we're musicians. But more than that," he continues, "we respect the power of the band as an entity, and each individual in the band steps up to play his part. When it's good, that's really what it's all about."Rod Hodges agrees. "I don't want to get all heady and mystical about this, but it's not really an outward reward we're looking for. We all enjoy playing music, we all get along, and finding a group of people who can say that after all this time is a rare thing."
Alison Harris
Alison Harris
Alison Harris lives in Blucher Valley, a wild space between Sebastopol and The Pacific Ocean. The coastal winds, creeks, and redwood trees of this small Sebastopol Valley can be heard in every note she plays and sings. Her musical influences include Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, and Gillian Welch. She has shared the stage with Sam Bush, Albert Lee, The Mother Hips, Langhorne Slim, Honey Honey, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot. Her debut record, “Smoke Rings in the Sky” (Omega Records, 2008), garnered praise by San Francisco Magazine, who described Alison as “A country songbird perched on Bonnie Raitt's shoulder. She sings about loneliness and longing with a grace and beauty that almost makes those things desirable.” Alison’s sophomore album, Walker Road, was recorded live and analog at the historic Walker Road Schoolhouse building in Two Rock, California with Americana Band The Barn Owls. Walker Road captures the organic warmth and spontaneity of the band playing music in a beautiful old room, decorated with a soulful mix of Wurlitzer, Vibraphone, and Hammond B-3. She is currently working on a piano/vocal based cover album of The Mother Hips' songs produced and engineered by Tim Bluhm (The Mother Hips), with musical contributions by Pat Sansone (Wilco) and Dave Schools (Widespread Panic, Hard Working Americans).
Venue Information:
HopMonk Tavern - Sebastopol
230 Petaluma Ave
Sebastopol, CA, 95472
http://www.hopmonk.com/sebastopol/