Mardi Gras Nears


Mardi Gras aka Fat Tuesday is coming up.  It is a good reason for having a party.  If we were down in New Orleans, we would be celebrating for a month.  Here in Connecticut we do a long weekend.

Mardi Gras is the theme at Infinity Music Hall Friday with a Buckwheat Zydeco Mardi Gras Party.  CPTV will be filming Buckwheat Zydeco’s repertoire.  They play Louisiana’s hottest music with soulful original Creole tunes.  The trademark exuberance is what made Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural the world’s best-loved zydeco artist, and has earned Buckwheat Zydeco fame as “The World’s Greatest Party Band.”

After 5 nominations in 3 different categories, Buckwheat Zydeco won the Grammy for Best Cajun and Zydeco album for Lay Your Burden Down in 2010.  The band plays a long list of high-profile gigs year in and year out, and their music can be heard in a slew of major motion pictures and television shows.

Sunday, Marcia Ball Four time GRAMMY Nominee brings her rollickin’ piano to Infinity.  Her catchy style fits right in with the Mardi Gras theme.  Add her New Orleans touches and the party continues.  And with some stomping boogie woogie thrown in makes for a complete night.

Saturday, is Mardi Gras Weekend at the Redding Roadhouse.  Otis and the Hurricanes will be providing the entertainment.

Down in the Southwest part of the state “Shaka and the SoulShakers” will be at Two Boots in Bridgeport.  A good choice for Fat Tuesday.

The big place for Fat Tuesday is the Mardi Gras tradition at Black-eyed Sally’s.  It is partying all day.  Up first is the All-U-Can-Eat Lunch Buffet starting at 11:30 am and ending at2:30 pm.  The variety and tastes make for a some good dining.

Then the Happy Hour runs from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.  Specials and Free Vittles are the order of the day.

In the evening it is dancing to the bayou sounds of Rivercity Slim & the Zydeco Hogs starting at 7 pm.  In addition there will be Stiltwalkers, Beads, Face Painting and  as much fun as you want to make.  Eat and then dance it away with the Hogs.

Over in Rhode Island at Knickerbosker Café on Saturday, it is Greg Piccolo & The Mardi Gras Expansion Pac!.  Enjoy the music and cuisine of New Orleans.  It’s Carnival Time at The Knick!  Doors open at 6:30 pm / Music starts at 9 pm.

NEW, more complete Bridgeport Mardi Gras info: is an ALL DAY event this Saturday in the Balck Rock section of Bridgeport … with all these bands at three different venues … Nigel Hall (of The Royal Family) & The ABs featuring members of the Sam Kininger Band Tim & Eric of the Alternate Routes performing as Grit Gamble and the Pandemonium Also Appearing: The Primate Fiasco, Renard Boissiere, The Darian Cunning Band, Cosmic Jibaros, Twiddle, I Anbassa, PJ Pacifico, Big Moon, Steve Detroy Trio, John Torres Band, Tom Crowley and the Speakers, Psychedelphia, String Fingers, Ada Pasternak, Dr. Caterwauls Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps (with the Cygnet Sisters), Graylight Campfire, HOE, Iron Chicken Foot, Separate Incidents, and the debut of Symphonic Bodega!

Thanks to a reader BluesBeatNews has learned that Bridgeport is really doing Mardi Gras big time.  Below are some more venues with Fat Tuesday specials and they all have specials.  Plenty of foo

Two Boots at 281 Fairfield Avenue is celebrating MARDI GRAS for the 5th year running and this year other venues in BIJOU SQUARE are joining in with Bands, Beads, Bijou

Free Admission. Visit each location for Mardi Gras Specials and Events!

TWO BOOTS of Bridgeport, 281 Fairfield Avenue
6:00 pm Shaka and the Soul Shakers
Specials and half price Jambalaya all day

The Bijou Theatre – 6:00 pm Louisiana Swamp Rats to perform on stage

9:00 pm WEBE Costume Contest hosted and judged by Danny Lyons. WEBE Costume Contest Grand Prize: Air Fare from New York to New Orleans for one person and a two night stay at Hotel Monteleone, courtesy of Carrie Travel Inc, 232 Boston Post Rd, Milford, CT 06460.

Drink Specials, Authentic, Homemade Louisiana Gumbo – shots, complimentary, while supplies last.

VIP Package
6:00 pm to Close – Private Balcony Suite
Round of Gumbo’s, Round of Hurricane’s, 8 boxes of popcorn
8 bags of candy, 8 complimentary movie passes for future viewing, Beads for Balcony tossing

7pm – 2 tickets – Live Comedy of John Mulrooney and Paul Virzi / 3/9, 8:30 pm ($50 value)
8pm – 2 tickets – Cabaret Seats – Blue Jupiter, a capella quartet / 3/10, 8:00 pm ($70 value)
9pm – 2 tickets – Cabaret Seats – An Irish Tale, two world class tenors / 3/16, 8:00 pm ($70 value)
(*Register to win one of the three hourly raffle drawings for Live March Events, in person at The Bijou Theatre, starting at 5:00 pm, 2/21)

Bare Tapas – Southern style menu – Entertainment 5:00 pm to Close – specials

Epernay Bistro
Violinist Kim Curtin
Louisiana Creole Jazz and Louisiana Blues
25% off all appetizers

Bagel King
Muffuletta Sandwich (NOLA signature sandwich)
Shrimp & Sausage Gumbo

Melt Market & Café
A Night of New Orleans Blues with the Ed Chervansky Group featuring Ed on guitar, Greg Detroy on keyboards and vocals, Roger Post on drums and John Zanella on bass.
Special sandwich for Mardi Gras: French roast beef au jus po’ boy sandwich.

Plenty of food and drink speaials in the Mardi Gras spirit.


About bluesbeatnews52

Blues columnist writing a weekly column dedicated to the Blues. The only column of its kind in a commercial (paid subscription) newspaper. Column appears in the Middletown Press, Bristol Press, Torrington Register-Citizen, and the New Britain Herald. Forcella has served on the Board of Directors of the Blues Foundation representing the Journalism constituency. Served on the Board of Directors Connecticut Blues Society as Past President and Past Editor of newsletter. Recipient: Keeping the Blues Alive award in Journalism from the Blues Foundation. Has contributed both writing and photos to nationnal blues publications.

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