ROCKLAND — The Squirrel Nut Zippers Holiday Caravan Tour makes a stop at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. The show features the band performing classic holiday songs along with Squirrel Nut Zippers hits. Tickets are on sale now.

The Squirrel Nut Zippers most recent album, “Lost Songs of Doc Souchon,” debuted in late 2020. “This new album was inspired by all of the mysterious characters from the history of New Orleans jazz music,” said band leader Jimbo Mathus. “It speaks to the hidden roots of where our aesthetic, interests and philosophy comes from. It pulls on the hidden thread.”

The Zippers began their musical journey in Chapel Hill, N.C., in the mid 1990s, as a musician’s escape from the cookie cutter world of modern rock radio at the time. Mathus, along with drummer/percussionist Chris Phillips, formed the band as a casual musical foray among friends and family in the area.  It wasn’t long before the band’s quirky mix of jazz chords, folk music, and punk rock leanings spread out of the region and attracted a national audience.

Between 1995 and 2000, the Squirrel Nut Zippers sold more than three million albums. The band’s watershed album, “Hot” (1996), was recorded in the heat of New Orleans, fueled by a smoldering mix of booze and a youthful hunger to unlock the secrets of old-world jazz.  This passion mixed with klezmer, blues and random bits of contemporary musical leanings became the band’s signature style. At the time, there were few other bands inhabiting this space. The album would eventually break free of any “jazz” stereotypes and land on commercial radio, taking the band to remarkable heights for what was essentially an anti-establishment sound.

Tickets are $35/Advance, $40/Day of Show. The Strand Theatre’s COVID safety policies for live shows require patrons and staff to wear face masks and provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours. For more information and tickets, visit