Well the big weekend is here and there’s more music happening than one person, or even a team of people, can devour. Here’s a look at my top picks for where you’ll be.
Tonight, the Not So Super Super Hero Costume Party is going down at the AllWays Lounge. This is a costume party featuring the Not So Super Super Hero All-Stars, Rotary Downs (pictured), the Lagniappe Brass Band and other special guests. This group really knows how to throw a party. So remember, if you don’t wear a costume, you can’t get in.
If you are not inclined to dress up just yet, there’s plenty more musical action on tap. Tipitina’s has the Funky Meters and if there’s one thing that will get you in the Carnival groove it’s hearing the funky foursome doing those Mardi Gras standards that you love.
Maybe you want to costume and strut your stuff? There’s no better parade than the annual Krewe of OAK. Join a thousand of your closest friends wrecking havoc all around Carrollton. The parade leaves from the Maple Leaf Bar around 9 PM.
I hope you have your MOMs Ball invitation for Saturday night’s 39th rendition of the bacchanal because I don’t have any left. If you are left out of that party, consider the Howlin’ Wolf where the newest Grammy Award winners, the Rebirth Brass Band will be getting funky with Papa Grows Funk. The show, like all the shows at the Wolf this weekend, is free.
The Blue Nile has a wicked lineup for Sunday night. You don’t have to work on Monday do you? Check out ska-punk icons Fishbone (pictured) with Khris Royal and Dark Matter and singer Corey Glover. Since this is the last Sunday before Mardi Gras, you can bet the Mardi Gras Indians will be heating up their practices all over town. Check out Big Chief Monk Boudreaux when he jams with Papa Grows Funk at D.B.A. He will surely be in the spirit invoking lightning and thunder.
Since I won’t be posting on Monday or Fat Tuesday (let’s hope I have it together for a Carnival recap on Wednesday), here’s a hint or two about what’s hip on Monday and the big day. The new Red Bean krewe is my favorite of the next generation of Carnival organizations. They parade around the Marigny Monday afternoon in costumes made from red beans. I will be looking for them on Frenchmen Street around 5 PM. At 6 PM, James Andrews, the irrepressible “Satchmo of the Ghetto,” hits at the Zulu Lundi Gras celebration in Woldenberg Park. Thanks Geraldine for the tip.
As far as Fat Tuesday is concerned, do your own thing and I’ll do mine. Maybe I’ll see you on the streets!