Artist Q&A

@JamminJavaMei's Q&A With The Iguanas!


Our very own Mei (@jamnjavadoorgal) did a brief Q&A with Rene Coman, bassist in the legendary Iguanas. They're here Monday. Check it out!

All advance tickets will be entered into a lottery to win a sign CD and handwritten lyrics of a song from The Iguanas!

Where was the first with the Iguanas?

I think one of the Iguanas' first shows was in 1989, as a duo with our singers Rod Hodges on vocal, guitar, and accordion; and Joe Cabral on vocals, bass, and bass drum. It was at a bar in New Orleans run by Cosimo Matassa, the legendary New Orleans record producer who recorded all the original Fats Domino and Little Richard records. It was a funky little place in the French Quarter. It was a primitive first incarnation of the group, but it contained the germ of what would become the full Iguanas canon. My first date with the band was about a year later, at Germania Hall. It was a Masons Lodge that used to have teen dances back in the 1950's. It coincidentally was right across the street from my house. I remember thinking how easy and fun it was to play music with the band. No one else was playing anything like that in New Orleans. All the pieces of the puzzle fit together so effortlessly. It was a joy.

What artist/ band would you say you are most influenced by?

The band has so many influences, individually and collectively. In no particular order I can mention Doug Sahm, Flaco Jimenez, Steve Jordan, B.B. King, Joe Henderson, Lee Allen, Lou Reed, Miles Davis, Cosimo Matassa, Allen Toussaint, Stax Records, Hi Records

Favorite Foods:

Joe Cabral is partial to lean proteins and vegetables these days.

Rod Hodges and I(René Coman) will often go for the cheese enchiladas

Doug Garrison might have a fresh fish taco

We all like a good NY strip steak.

What two words would best describe your music?

Garage Latin or Chicano Rock