The Claudettes come to Mary’s Place, July 23

“Brother Ray meets the Ramones…Chopin meets Minutemen.” So ventured Tony Sarabia of WBEZ radio (Chicago NPR) as he took a stab at describing the band in the studio with him.

The Claudettes fuse Windy City piano blues with the full-throttle energy of rockabilly and punk, jazz-age echoes of burlesque and vaudeville, and the sultriness of ‘60s pop-soul to write a thrilling new chapter in American roots music.

Group founder Johnny Iguana mashes the piano alongside singer Berit Ulseth, bassist/singer Zach Verdoorn and drummer Matt Torre. Johnny, who toured for years with his cult-favorite rock band oh my god, is also a member of two Grammy-nominated groups. He has toured or recorded with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, James Cotton, and more.

In between legs of their summer and fall tour, the Claudettes are heading to Soil of the South studio in Valdosta, GA in September to record a new album (their third) at the invitation of producer/wild-man Mark Neill (who helmed the Black Keys’ Brothers plus albums by J. Roddy Walston, Old 97’s, J.D. McPherson, Los Straitjackets, and more).

The Claudettes come to Mary’s Place, 602 N. Madison St., 9:30 p.m. July 23. For more information visit

–The Claudettes

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