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The Mardi Gras Indian funk band is following in the big footsteps of legendary stage acts such as Big Chief Bo Dollis and Wild Magnolias and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux by fusing the ancient call and response of the black Indians of New Orleans with blues and funk.

The band’s original guitarist Colin Lake will reunite with the group for the first time since last spring. He has been focusing on his highly acclaimed solo career but plans on electrifying the stage at the Leaf.

He plays electric guitar as well as lap steel guitar creating a unique sonic palette in the Mardi Gras Indian community.

Irving “Honey” Bannister (pictured at top), a Mardi Gras Indian who is a legend on the streets for his strong vocals, fronts the band. Joining him on vocals is a fourth generation Mardi Gras Indian J’Wan Boudreaux. His grandfather is Monk Boudreaux.

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The rest of the band features Kerry “Boom Boom” Vessell on bass drum, Bill Richards on bass guitar, Tom Worrell on keys, and Joe Gelini on drums.

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