Fabulous Return to New England by The Iguanas
Sure, I saw them last summer at the Green River Festival, but seeing them in their own show was what I needed. My patience was rewarded.
The Iguanas cannot be described in one word; their music encompasses rock, Conjunto, blues, jazz, and funk, which combine to create a sound unique to the band.
René Coman on bass and vocals, Doug Garrison on drums and percussion, Rod Hodges on accordion, guitar and vocals, and Joe Cabral on bajo sexto, saxophone and vocals comprise The Iguanas; they formed the band in 1989 and have remained intact since then.
Their music is eminently danceable as shown by the packed dance floor. Their set included songs that spanned their discography, and included crowd favorites ‘My Girlfriend is a Waitress’, ‘Boom Boom Boom’, and ‘Benny’s Cadillac’. They also performed some songs from their 2014 release, Juarez.
I wish I spoke Spanish because some of their most popular songs are in Spanish; that does not detract from my enjoyment of their shows, however. Two of the Spanish songs were ‘Para Donde Vas’ and ‘Oye Mi Cumbia’.
They curated a particularly good setlist for this show; it drew from the myriad of styles that define The Iguanas. They know what they need to play to get the audience dancing.
They don’t banter a lot, either with the audience or each other; they are focused on delivering a great show, which I appreciate. They repeatedly thanked us for coming out on a snowy night and expressed their joy in coming back to Johnny D’s after so many years away.
I wish I had been able to talk with them after the show, but there was another show after their so they had to clear the club quickly. I guess I’ll have to wait for their next show, which I hope will be soon!
Posted on January 27, 2015, in concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged boston, Chicano rock, concert review, conjunto, Doug Garrison, Joe Cabral, Johnny D's, music, New Orleans music, Rene Coman, Rod Hodges, The Iguanas. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.