Thursday, January 19, 2012

Mardi Gras NYC!

With February just around the corner, that means folks in New Orleans are getting ready for Fat Tuesday and the festivities leading up to it. In other words, Mardi Gras. For those of us unable to get to the Crescent City for this year's festival, there is a bounty of great New Orleans and Louisiana musician coming to The Big Apple. Here are a few highlights. I will be hitting a bunch of these, hope you will too.

Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers with Bonerama - Hiro Ballroom, Sat Feb 18 and Sun Feb 19.

These are the Mardi Gras Balls featuring two of the great and unique NOLA artists.

Kermit Ruffins is a trumpeter and singer that is the very embodiement of the "Big Easy." A great entertainer with a laid back style and charm, Kermit has been prominently featured on HBO's "Treme" and is always a good time. He co-founded the Rebirth Brass Band while in High School and has been a prominent New Orleans musician ever since.

Bonerama is a brass funk band fronted by three trombonists (the bone in Bonerama). Unlike a traditional brass band, Bonerama focuses on the Bone players and the band plays classic New Orleans tunes as well as originals and some tremendous covers of artists like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. There is no other band like Bonerama. This will be a tremendous double bill.

Rebirth Brass Band - Saturday February 11, 7 and 11 pm - Hiro Ball Room

Probably the kings of the New Orleans brass bands right now. Co-founded by Kermit Ruffins, Rebirth honors the traditions of the great New Orleans Brass Bands while bringing funk and soul to the mix. They are the brass band all others are measured against.

Soul Rebels Brass Band - Brooklyn Bowl - Friday February 3rd, 8pm

The young upstarts, Soul Rebels take the brass band tradition and add funk, soul, hip hop and attitude for a fresh and unique spin. Basically the house band at Le Bon Temps Roule in New Orleans, Soul Rebels deliver a fierce and energetic show.

Tab Benoit - Friday, February 10 - Hiro Ballroom

Tab is a great Blues guitar player and singer from Baton Rouge. He plays Delta Blues with a dose of Swamp Rock and Cajun attitude. This is Blues from the Bayou and all guitar fans and Blues fans should not miss it.

These shows are the perfect cure for the winter blues. Make sure you get your behind off the couch, out of the house and to one of these show. Let the good times roll.