The Tupelo is one of the cooler and more unique venues in Southern NH, and the Squirrel Nut Zippers, who I had heard little from since my early college days, put on a show that blew me away. The sit-down crowd was a bit of a mismatch for the band that hit with the rockabilly swing revival of the early 90’s but the show was pure vaudeville and hugely entertaining.
The capper for me was this cartoon, which was projected on a wall as the lights were dimmed and the band performed the score live …
So impressed was I, that I hung around after the show to talk with guitarist, James “Jimbo” Mathus . I told him, and I quote, (because I waited for everyone to get CDs signed and leave before talking to him, so I had some time to rehearse it.)
“You might think this sounds weird coming from a guy at a sit-down show in New Hampshire, but I go to a lot of shows, and I play in a band myself, and I produced a show at Staples Center for a year … but the number with the cartoon was some of the dopest, most creative pieces of performance art. I have ever seen!”
Honestly folks, this is not the type of thing I say on a regular basis so please forgive the nerdgasm, but what can I say? It was one of those things I had a rare opportunity to say and I got inspired. It was well received though, and Jimbo told me that the animation was choreographed to fit their song, The Ghost of Stephen Foster by Simpsons director, Raymond Persi.
I realize this doesn’t really have anything to do with comics but if you don’t think the cartoon is pretty cool, 1. I question how into comics you are, and 2. you have no soul.