Unfairly stuffed amongst the big band revival of the late '90s, Squirrel Nut Zippers enjoyed blistering success in spite of the gaffe, instituting a bewitching brew of '30s swing and gypsy jazz with a punk splint. Their single "Hell" found an exciting new scope for the homogenized swing resurgence and featured probably the coolest music video of all time, a sort of warped cabaret nightmare that cemented the group's rising star and landed them a gig at the inauguration for Bill Clinton's second presidency (irony injected at your discretion). Touring with the original lineup, including founders Jimbo Mathis and Katharine Whalen (who both have been prolific with solo albums and tours since the band's hiatus), SNZ ought to have the opportunity to engage a whole new generation of listeners—zoot suits thankfully not required. RYAN J. PRADO
128 NE Russell, Portland, OR 97212
Hours: Ballroom open for events only, Cafe open: Tues-Sat 5 pm-"late"