Take Me to the Mardi Gras

This is you at Sassafras Fat Tuesday. You know dat right.
At Sassafras Saloon on Fat Tuesday, one of these can be you.

On Fat Tuesday, you may be stuck by the beach in L.A. instead of cruisin’ the canals and bayous of LA but that doesn’t mean you can’t shake your tail feathers, cher.

Laissez les bon temps rouler and hope you get the baby in the King cake!

Second Line on Sunset

Ms. Go Go knows you’ll want to get an early start on the Sazeracs but just in case you need another  inducement to call in sick after lunch, the Big Easy’s own Dirty Dozen Brass Band will be jazzing up Amoeba Music‘s annual Fat Tuesday fete.

The DDBB, which started as a church youth group way back in the Seventies and grew to prominence as once of New Orleans’ most beloved bands, will be sharing UCLA’s Royce Hall stage with fellow Crescent City native Allen Toussaint on Tuesday evening.  But you can hear the band mid-afternoon for free…right before Amoeba’s infamous Second Line Parade on Sunset Boulevard.

Time to buff the beads and fluff up the feathers, boys and girls.

You’ll want to shore up your personal Mardi Gras soundtrack collection, too; on February 12, a portion of the proceeds at all Amoeba stores will benefit relief efforts in New Orleans as well as Tipitina’s Foundation and the New Orleans Musicians Clinic.  And if you sign up for Amoeba’s newsletter in-store on 2/12, you’ll get a chance to win free concert tix.

Way to keep the party going, Big Chiefs.

Second Line on Sunset
Second Line on Sunset

DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND & AMOEBA’s SECOND LINE PARADETues, Feb 12, 1pm; FREEAmoeba Music, 6400 W Sunset Blvd, LA 90028   323.245.6400 http://www.amoeba.com

Party at a Plantation

You take an appropriately freewheeling approach to Mardi Gras.  Of course.  But if your list for mayhem and merriment includes…
1) $5 Albitas (Mardi Gras Bock, Oyster Stout, Vanilla Double Bock)
2) Cocktail specials
3) Cajun appetizers
4) Juicy Beaute Burlesque (for free)
5) Muffuletta Brass Band (for free)
6) a reconstructed Southern plantation house to play in
7) for free

…then you will want to roll your bon temps at Sassafras Saloon, which is celebrating its first Fat Tuesday in Los Angeles with a no pre-ticket/no cover bash in Hollywood.  The combination of “Southern root inspired” cocktails and demented granny-meets-faded antebellum glory decor, complete with dripping vines, balcony stage, and a taxidermied Masonic bear,  heighten the feeling that a gator could stroll in any time.

Look at those...feathers.
Look at those…feathers.

If one does, toss him some beads and buy him a drink.

MARDI GRAS @ SASSAFRAS SALOON — Tues, Feb 12, 7pm – 2am; 21+ — Sassafras Saloon, 1233 No Vine St, LA 90038

Keeping the Faith with Little Faith

Here’s what Ms. Go Go fave Little Faith has to say about their upcoming Fat Tuesday gig at Joe’s Great American Bar.

“We found our horn section hanging out on the corner of Canal St. and Chartres trying to pick up some funeral gigs, so we hauled ’em back here to play Mardi Gras with us.  Shoulder to shoulder and back to back, singin’ jockamo fi na ye.”

Ms. Go Go couldn’t have said it better herself.

Given Little Faith’s can’t-sit-still gospel/second line spirit, the addition of Mardi Gras horns, and Joe’s standard, Tuesday night dance party policy, this is where you want to be  to sweat, shake and second line before you repent during Lent.

As Professor Longhair says in Big Chief: “Me whole tribe is havin’ fun/We gonna dance ’til mornin’ come.”

Raise your hands high with Little Faith.
Raise your hands high with Little Faith.

Oh yeah.

LITTLE FAITH MARDI GRAS PARTY —  Tues, Feb 12, 9pm – midnightJoe’s Great American, 4311 W. Magnolia, Burbank, 91505.  818.729.0805.  http://joesgreatbar.com/

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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