Ready to Jam
Kindred Music Series to present
the New Orleans-based Iguanas
The show will be a preview of the
begins Nov. 10
(July 2021) – After nearly a year of devastating quiet for live music in Madison, Ind., because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the silence will be shattered when the wildly popular New Orleans-based The Iguanas shake things up at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, at the Red Bicycle Hall, 125 E. Main St. The show is a kick start to the 2021-2022 Kindred Folk Society’s Winter Music Series, which opens Nov. 10. That show will feature Chuck Prophet & The Mission at the Red Bicycle Hall. The Kindred Folk Music Series holds monthly shows at the Red Bicycle Hall from November through April each year.
“Wear your dancing shoes, and bring your smiles,” said Kindred Folk Society President Jack Wilhelm. “This is the ‘danciest’ band we’ve ever had, and music lovers will be sure to have a great time.”
According to the Iguanas’ website, the band, which has had all four original members since the late1980s, blends Cajun, rhythm and blues, and Tex Mex into extremely danceable Roots Rock.
The Iguanas are a roots rock band from New Orleans formed in 1989. Their sound has been described as combining Chicano rock, R&B and various Latin styles. Band members are Joe Cabral, Rod Hodges, Rene Corman and Doug Garrison.
The band members are Rod Hodges on guitar, accordion and vocals, Joe Cabral, who plays saxophone, bajo sexton guitar and vocals, Rene Coman on bass, and Doug Garrison on drums. Their New Orleans roots are evident in their sound, and their more than two-decade ride has taken them all over the map, musically and geographically. Band members have played or recorded with musicians that include Charlie Rick, Alex Chilton, Willie DeVille, Emmylou Harris, Allen Toussaint and Pretty Lights.
“Their music has a heavy New Orleans influence, and they are always a popular favorite at Jazz Fest,” said Wilhelm. The historic and iconic New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is also known as Jazz Fest. The two-week festival, which was founded in 1970, has featured local music and culture and annually attracts thousands of visitors to New Orleans.
“We are absolutely excited to have a fun and energetic band come to the folk series,” said Jane Vonderheide, who has been an active member of the Kindred Folk Society for several years. “COVID-19 decimated the music series, and the summer show is timed to get people back into the music scene,” she said.
The Kindred Folk Society was responsible in the past for bringing to Madison the RiverRoots Folk & Music Festival, which was originally known as the Ohio River Valley Folk Festival.
“We are dedicated to promoting art and culture in Madison,” said Wilhelm. “We support the local music scene and have for quite a few years now.”
In 2020, the non-profit group attempted to hold its annual series despite the pandemic but was forced to shut down due to COVID-19 concerns and social distancing guidelines. “We truly hope music goers will get back into the habit of coming out to live performances,” said Wilhelm. "We believe The Iguanas are a great way to make that happen, and we think people will be tapping their toes with excitement during show time.”
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