As Al Johnson’s classic tune reminds us, Mardi Gras season is here once again. It’s one of our favorite times of the year, as you might expect from a band whose DNA is in the New Orleans brass band tradition. Although New Orleans and St. Louis have much in common, their Mardi Gras celebrations are very different. In NOLA, the parades begin on January 19 and continue through Fat Tuesday, February 12 — there are 63 parades this year alone. Here in St. Louis, you get a dog parade and a single, solitary Grand Parade down Broadway. As a result, St. Louisans are forced to cram all their revelry into a couple of long weekend afternoons. With that in mind, the Funky Butt Brass Band reminds you to be careful out there, pace yourselves, don’t overdo it, and try not to get any tattoos you might regret on Ash Wednesday. And if you’re still standing at 5 pm on Parade Day, February 9th, we hope you’ll come see us at the Old Rock House. We’ll also be hitting the stage at 8 pm at the Broadway Oyster Bar on Fat Tuesday, your last chance for utter debauchery before you clean up your act for Lent. In both cases, we will be joined by our friends Gumbohead, so you’ll get the REAL Mardi Gras experience, from brass band funk to traditional jazz to Professor Longhair boogie to Creole zydeco. As opposed to a couple of DJs rocking the Bud Light Party Tent amidst the chaos and detritus of Soulard. Laissez les bon temps rouler, indeed!
February 4, 2013