The Band Circa 2000 (L to R) Matt Miles, Robert Lieberman, Mike Neeley, Evan, Paul Bassett, Stevie Davis
The Band circa 2008 (L to R) Francisco Marmolejo, J. Michael Kersey, Evan, Paul Bassett, Fred Ingram, Clark Salisbury
We started way back in the 1990's as a Portland band called Mumbo Gumbo. Late in that decade accordion player Evan Shlaes changed the band name to the New Iberians to pay homage to his favorite town in Louisiana.
New Iberia, also known as the Queen City of the Bayou, is deep in Cajun country and is chiefly known for its Shrimp Festival and for being the world's center of red pepper hot sauce production.
The band has been through a few changes over the years but for the past half dozen the line-up has been Evan on Harmonica and Vocals, Paul Bassett on Rubboard, Linc McGrath
on Bass and Vocals
Fred Ingram on Drums, Clark
Salisbury on Electric Guitar
and Michael "Buck"
Brummell on Vocals,
Harmonica and Sax.
The New Iberians often tour up and
down the West Coast and have ventured
as far East as Chicago. We've played
many festivals, including the Safeway
Waterfront Blues Festival, Portland Rose
Festival, The Bite of Oregon, and Bones
and Brew. We've opened for some
famous folks, among them Beausoleil,
Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Bo Diddley.
We play a wide variety of music,
combining traditional Louisiana forms
with Northwest Rock and Chicago
Blues for a spicy, danceable gumbo we
call Stumptown Zydeco.
Besides putting our own spin on
some classic tunes we have many
original songs to offer, including nine
on our most recent CD "Pingaddamidy"
Our CD's are for sale on Itunes, Amazon,
We book through Gigmasters.com
or you can reach us at Newiberians.com
or call us at 503-238-1838