Music Scene: June 28–July 4
Swamp Cabbage, a southern rock and blues band from Florida, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Triple Tree Tavern, 201 Second St., in Clifton.
So, what’s with the name? The about link on the band’s Facebook page explains: “The Seminoles, Timuquans, Creeks and other native Floridians harvested and stewed the heart of the Sabal palm tree to create a rustic delicacy called swamp cabbage. Rarely served today save for in pine-paneled hunting lodges and fish camps, swamp cabbage still lingers as a vestige of the ‘real’ Florida. As an inspirational archetype the name Swamp Cabbage was chosen to remind listeners where the music comes from and that it is a musical concoction of southern rock, blues, soul, Dixieland jazz and Appalachian.”
As lead guitarist for the legendary Richie Havens, Swamp Cabbage founder Walter Parks has played at Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, the Cannes Film Festival and other venues nationwide. Upon Havens’ retirement in 2009, Parks began writing and recording as a solo artist and with his band Swamp Cabbage.
According to the band’s Facebook bio, Parks does the “singing and picking,” Jagoda, the “beating,” and Jim Devito, the “thumping” (bassist).
Swamp Cabbage’s music has been featured on the Discovery Channel’s “American Guns” theme, “Man vs. Food” and “My Big Redneck Wedding,” the bio says, and, “if you like early ZZ Top, The Meters, Dr. John, Tom Waits, Tony Joe White, J.J. Grey and Mofro and The Black Keys, this show is not to be missed.”