The fun and energetic group are from the Pacific Northwest, and they love to get the crowd up and swinging.
The band chose their name from New Iberia, Louisiana, well-known for its red pepper hot sauce. Their music roots itself in Louisiana Zydeco, Northwest Rock, and Chicago Blues.
Evan Shlaes, bandleader, studied the accordion, and as a teen, played blues piano in local bars and coffeehouses. After moving to the Pacific Northwest he became an active sound engineer. During that time he heard Queen Ida’s Bon Temps Zydeco Band and Clifton Chenier. Later, he connected with Cajun rubboard player, Paul Bassette, and formed the New Iberians Zydeco Band.
In 2002 they released their first CD, with Robert Lee on fiddle. After Robert left the band, harmonica man, Claes Almroth, added his vast experience of Blues and R&B. The band became the New Iberians Zydeco Blues Band. In 2008 and 2011, the band released additional CD’s, and they’re currently working on fourth CD.
The New Iberians Blues & Zydeco Band plays upbeat tunes, and include many originals . They don’t leave out the traditional Zydeco, Blues and New Orleans Rock’n’Roll though. So you are sure to hear a wide variety of music. The band also plays to audiences in the Bay Area, Puget Sound, Idaho, Montana and even as far east as Chicago.
Check them out for yourself at http://www.newiberians.com/Home_Page.php
See ya there!