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The Claudettes w/ The Devil Doves at Woodland Tavern
Sat May 4, 2024 7:00 pm
Woodlands Tavern
All Ages

Grounded in roots music yet pushing the boundaries of indie pop and rock, the Claudettes are writing the most
riveting chapter of their story right now. Pianist/songwriter Johnny Iguana formed the Claudettes with
drummer Michael Caskey, dazzling 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 and bassist/guitarist/vocalist Zach Verdoorn joined the band for Pull Closer
to Me: Live in the Piano Room (2017) and Dance Scandal at the Gymnasium (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). In
late 2022, Rachel Williams, a six-foot Texan with a mohawk, a big voice and a transfixing stage presence, took
over the Claudettes' vocal mic, and the band's show has reached an entirely new level. New singles and videos
arrived in 2023 and 2024, and lots of new music and videos are coming soon.
Outside the Claudettes, Johnny Iguana has earned a Blues Music Award nomination and 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 stars Junior Wells and Otis Rush, played piano on three Grammy-nominated albums and
played on albums featuring Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, James Cotton, Derek Trucks, Gary Clark Jr., Shemekia
Copeland, Keb' Mo', Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and more. Johnny 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
Lynch.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“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
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