Squirrel Nut Zippers tour arrives at Space Ballroom in Hamden

March 20, 2018

Jazzy, unconventional Squirrel Nut Zippers are touring their first album in 18 years, “Beasts of Burgundy,” and once again their inspiration is the city of New Orleans, along with obscure jazz poet Ron Cuccia.

The 12-tune album refers to Burgundy Street in NOLA (the city where their top album “Hot” was made in 1996) and was recorded in a studio in the home of producer Mike Napolitano and singer Ani DiFranco.

“Hot” explored boozy, old-world jazz with a hunger for its secrets and coolness.

“This passion,” says a tour news release for the band, “mixed with klezmer, blues and random bits of contemporary musical leanings became the band’s signature style.”

“Beasts of Burgundy” is about mystery, dark alleyways and love potions, says the group, originally from North Carolina. The tour zips into the Space Ballroom in Hamden this week.

Space Ballroom, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. Thursday, March 29, 8 p.m. $40-$35. manicpresents.com