By Donation, NO SCENTS PLEASE
The New Iberians return from Portland to spice up the Quimper Grange on Sat, May 25. Kick up your heels and be transported to the deep south with this toe-tappin', soul-singin' music.
We started back in the 1990s as a Portland band called Mumbo Gumbo. Late in that decade accordion player Evan Shlaes changed the band name to the New Iberians to pay homage to his favorite town in Louisiana. New Iberia, also known as the Queen City of the Bayou, is deep in Cajun country and is chiefly known for its Shrimp Festival and for being the world's center of red pepper hot sauce production.
The band has been through a few changes over the years but for the past half dozen the line-up has been Evan on Squeezebox and Vocals, Paul Bassett on Rubboard, Linc McGrath on Bass and Vocals, Fred Ingram on Drums, Clark Salisbury on Electric Guitar, and Michael "Buck" Brummell on Vocals, Harmonica and Sax.
The New Iberians often tour up and down the West Coast and have ventured as far East as Chicago. We've played many festivals, including the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, Portland Rose Festival, The Bite of Oregon, and Bones and Brew. We've opened for some famous folks, among them Beausoleil, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Bo Diddley.
We play a wide variety of music, combining traditional Louisiana forms with Northwest Rock and Chicago Blues for a spicy, danceable gumbo we call Stumptown Zydeco. Besides putting our own spin on some classic tunes we have many original songs to offer, including nine on our most recent CD "Pingaddamidy", Our CDs are for sale on Itunes, Amazon, and CDBaby.
We book through Gigmasters.com, or you can reach us at Newiberians.com or call us at 503-238-1838.
This dance co-sponsored by Cheri Van Hoover and Doug Groenig of iPod Shuffle Community Dance, and by Quimper Grange.