Comprised of pianist Johnny Iguana, bassist/guitarist/singer Zach Verdoorn and drummer Michael Caskey, The Claudettes’ rhythm section is enough to keep you wanting more. A deft mix of jazz, piano blues and rockabilly makes The Claudettes sound both nostalgic and forward-thinking, while singer Berit Ulseth’s versatile vocals weave in and out of the high energy instrumentals. Full of dynamic solos and call-and-response action, The Claudettes’ iconoclastic sound has been described by Chicago Sun Times as “New Orleans stroll, roots, jazz, krautrock and rockabilly...swirled into (a) delightfully confounding mixture.” Indeed, for a rock band, with jazz sensibilities and a punk disposition, the resulting genre is truly unique.
Iguana, who toured for years with his cult-favorite rock band oh my god, is also in the GRAMMY Award-nominated groups Chicago Blues: A Living History and the Muddy Waters 100 Band. He has toured and recorded with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and more, and played piano on the Chicago Plays the Stones album featuring Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Buddy Guy. The Claudettes’ most recent album, Dance Scandal at the Gymnasium! (2018), was recorded with GRAMMY Award-winning Black Keys producer Mark Neill and they are currently working on a new album with producer Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show, Gaslight Anthem, The Devil Makes Three).