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33rd Annual! Mardi Gras Mambofest by Rhythmtown-Jive at Big Easy

February 13 @ 6:00 pm


$10 tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/feb-13-fat-tuesday-dance-party-33rd-mardi-gras-mambofest-wrhythmtown-jive-tickets-803239991437

We have assembled a special combo of players & singers for this annual Mardi Gras Day celebration. Just so happens that Tommy Castro band is on a short break.. and Bowen Brown (TC, but they stole him from us!) is joining us RJ regulars, Kevin Zuffi, Ken Jacobs, Michael Peloquin & Mike Rinta, et moi .. and we are also bringing back the killer 3-girl vocal section from Big Bang Beat of Keta Bill, Kathy Kennedy and Katie Guthorn… plus special guest Candy Girard (violin, enabling our Cajun/Zydeco selections!)

BTW, if you get tickets ahead of time it will help the club know how much to staff the place!

Feb. 13, 2023 FAT TUESDAY Dance Party with Rhythmtown-JIve! 33rd Annual! The Big Annual Tradition lives on…

We’re planning to play few in at Putnam Plaza to start, in front of the Big Easy (128 American Alley, P’luma 94952) @6:00 – with a Brass / rhythm Band in downtown. Not wise to parade yet, but we’ll make as much merry as we can.

..also With Tim Eschliman (played with Etta James, Commander Cody, Christmas Jug Band), Kevin Zuffi (Earl King, Joe Louis Walker, Coasters), Mike Rinta (Sly & Family Stone, Jimmy Vaughn), Ken “Snakebite” Jacobs (Frankie Ford, New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Kinky Friedman & Texas Jewboys), Michael Peloquin (Chris Cain, Tommy Castro) and Bowen Brown (John Lee Hooker, Tommy Castro)

A boatload of New Orleans R&B Brass Band tunes, second lines & NOLA funk.

more on this show:
The Mardi Gras Mambofest show by Rhythmtown–Jive is a celebration of many styles of New Orleans music: from the rhythm & blues of Huey “Piano” Smith & the Clowns, through the lively 30’s jazz of Louis Armstrong to the funk of the Meters. This combo has a long relationship with New Orleans music, having recorded many original compositions in that vein (one co-written with Zigaboo Modeliste of the Meters) and having backed Earl King and Lee Allen. Various members of the group have also worked with Dr. John, Ernie–K–Doe, Queen Ida, Gary “U. S.” Bonds, Johnny Adams, Herb Hardesty, Zigaboo Modeliste and Leo Nocentelli.

The annual Mardi Gras Mambofest shows on or around Fat Tuesday have drawn rave reviews and capacity crowds anticipating a wild and festive occasion with bead-tossing, outrageous costumes, and even second line parading of the Rhythmtown–Jive Marching Brass. This show has appeared multiple times at BGP’s famed “New Orleans By The Bay.”
With vocal duets and harmonies as well as hard-driving sax–based instrumentals, the Mardi Gras Mambofest features original compositions inspired in the New Oreans tradition as well as the music of Fats Domino, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers, Clifton Chenier, Shirley & Lee, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Paul Gayten, Little Richard (yes, his big hits were all from New Orleans), Kidd Jordan, Charlie & Inez Foxx, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Professor Longhair, Lee Dorsey, Frankie Ford, Barbara George, and Smiley Lewis.
Rhythmtown–Jive: http://www.rhythmtown-jive.com

“…they kept the house jumping with surging waves of hot New Orleans, Chicago, and Texas rhythms.” –Derk Richardson (Bay Guardian)

“A huge breath of fresh air. Very different and original. Great vocals & instrumentation.” — Phil Caudill, KOCV-FM, Midland, TX


February 13
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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128 American Alley
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