Sunday, December 7, 2008

Squirrel Nut Zippers!!

Whoo... this was s.o...m.u.c.h...f.u.n.

It was at the State Theater in Ithaca - celebrating its 80th year. There was a contest for the best 1920's era costume (which we didn't realize when we went), so there were loads of people dressed up: flapper dresses, long pearl necklaces, tuxes, spats, a zoot suit. I had forgotten how gorgeous the inside of that theater is.

The show was great from the start, but there was a point at which it became a blast. I'm trying to remember which song it was that they played when the energy level really took off. People were dancing up front, along the sides and in the aisles (much to the chagrin of the security guys). Almost everything onstage was black and red: big round red paper lanterns, some of the instruments (including shakers) and the performers' outfits and hats.

They screened this near the end and played over it:

After their encore, as people were starting to leave, there was a burst of drums and horn from the front corner of the theater, and the band came out, led by a tuba player, playing as they dame down the aisle. They wandered around the theater, jumping up onto the bar in the back and playing an infectious rhythm for at least another 10-20 minutes or so.

Need to get out more often - not that every outing is guaranteed to be that much fun.

Listening to the Zippers now... tapping my feet again.


Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to have missed this one. I remember they were great fun when I saw them 10 yrs ago in NC


Inklings and Imprints said...

Is this "Ithaca Jeremy"? We wish you could have been there, too! Loden was saying you should have been there to jam with them after the show...

Anonymous said...

i can't believe i didn't know about this show, i'm so incredibly jealous!!!

- *sister* sarah c.