This year, The Big Easy will be incorporating some fun and exciting twists and turns into its three-day filled music festivities. On Friday, February 5, the 9th Annual Mardi Gras Jam will get underway at Buffalo Iron Works with headliner The Marc Stone Band, featuring Chuck Campbell of The Campbell Brothers. Guests will also be treated to the sounds of The Heavenly Chillbillies. The New Orleans atmosphere will continue on with some local flair, as the Kenmore East High School takes the stage to add some homespun musical melodies to the Mardis Gras festivities.
“We’re happy to give both local professional and student musicians an opportunity to network with and learn from these New Orleans artists,” said event organizer and Arts Services Initiative of Western New York (ASI) Executive Director Tod A. Kniazuk. “We always try to get a jam going at this concert, and this year we know it’s going to happen with Marc and Chuck joining forces.”
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and are available at the club or click here.
After the live New Orleans inspired music session on Friday, filled with blues, funk and zydeco, revelers will continue on with the festive partying and merrymaking the following day. The Big Easy is partnering with Slow Roll Buffalo to kick off the first ever Snow Stroll Parade. The community is invited to join the “pedal & pedestrian parade” (Saturday, February 6) starting at 4pm at Buffalo Iron Works, where Buffalo Brass Machine will play a free concert. From there, the crowd will embark upon a short parade through the Cobblestone District. Participants are encouraged to dress up in colorful Mardi Gras attire with eye-catching regalia. There is no registration required for the parade.
Finally, on Fat Tuesday (February 9), Mardi Gras fans are invited to join the fun at The Ice @ Canalside. On that day, The Big Easy in Buffalo will be bringing its jams and revelries to the waterfront as part of Buffalo Winter Weekends. Lace up your skates and enjoy the sounds of zydeco!
For further details on all of The Big Easy programming, stay tuned to this ASI website.