The Iguanas

The Iguanas


  • July 9, 2019 at 7:00pm
  • CSPS Hall
  • $17 advance | $21 door

What if Americana actually encompassed all of North America? You'd have the Franco-Acadian inflections of Canada, exemplified by accordion, blues and jazz, the only truly indigenous musics the US has ever produced, combined with the lilting grace and fiery passion of Mexican music. You'd also have New Orleans' premiere distillers of this continental musical melange, The Iguanas, and their latest album Juarez. Taking their cues from all of the above, and then some, The Iguanas are known for 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. But in fact, the band’s been based in New Orleans for the past couple of decades -- save for a short, Katrina-imposed exile. From there they’ve released eight CDs, while members of the group 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.