The Claudettes w/ Bella Whitt: Album Release Party
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Wielding a one-of-a-kind, piano-powered roots-pop sound, the Claudettes merge earthy blues and soul with
pop hooks and punk spirit, writing an intriguing new chapter in American roots music. Pianist/songwriter
Johnny Iguana formed the Claudettes with drummer Michael Caskey, exciting listeners with the barrelhouse
bravura of their 2013 debut "Infernal Piano Plot…HATCHED!" Another Yellow Dog Records release followed in
2015 featuring Nigerian-American singer Yana: "No Hotel." Vocalist Berit Ulseth joined the band for two more
releases on Yellow Dog Records: "Pull Closer to Me: Live in the Piano Room" (2017) and "Dance Scandal at the
Gymansium" (2018, helmed by Grammy-winning Black Keys producer Mark Neill).
A new Claudettes era began when the band moved to Forty Below Records and released the acclaimed 2020
album "High Times in the Dark" (produced Grammy winner Ted Hutt) and 2022's "The Claudettes Go Out!,"
another collaboration with Hutt, with mixing by renowned producer Kevin Killen (U2, Elvis Costello, David
Bowie). Now, the Claudettes continue to evolve as they introduce a breathtaking new vocalist from Texas,
Rachel Williams. Lots of new music and videos are coming in late 2023 and early 2024!
In addition to the Claudettes, Johnny Iguana has earned a Blues Music Award nomination and a Living Blues
Award nomination for piano player of the year. Johnny co-founded indie-rock cult favorites Oh My God,
toured as pianist for blues legends Junior Wells and Otis Rush, has played piano on three Grammy-nominated
albums and has played on recordings featuring Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, James Cotton, Derek Trucks, Gary
Clark Jr., Shemekia Copeland, Keb' Mo', Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and more. He is also co-composer of the
score for the hit FX/Hulu series "The Bear."
“Chicago's original recipe band…The Claudettes' sonic playing field is the blues and everything after, all
tastefully and artfully blended together….Perhaps the band’s greatest super power: songwriting.”—NPR Music
“A skewed cabaret band of blues, jazz and rockabilly…a sensibility that feels equal parts James Dean and David
“Holy Mackerel…I hear so many levels of what I consider amazing creativity…I hear touches of Jerry Lee Lewis
at his most manic…of cinema…of multiple genres wrapping around one another…These guys are the B-movies
of the music world—maybe not understood now, but in the future, the kings and queens of the
universe!”—Frank Gutch Jr., No Depression
"The Claudettes Go Out! shows the band’s mastery of every era of American music, from the roots of the blues
to today’s modern pop….the Claudettes pen standards for a new generation."—J. Poet, Rock & Roll Globe
Food & Bar: Our full food and drink menu will be available during the show through the QR code at your table.
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022
Time: 9:00 pm
Doors Open: 8:00 pm