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OT - Mardi Gras music selection
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89 posts
Feb 24, 2019
2:10 AM
I am playing a weekly show with a friend that consists of him and I on guitar while I sing. Occasionally we will bring in a full band for a bigger event at the venue, but for the most part they want to keep it quiet and kind of mellow. We were told with TWO WEEKS to prepare for the venue's Mardi Gras party, that we need to use a full band plus horns. I spent a couple of days trying to line up the musicians. Now that is done, and I need to get a good start on a setlist pretty quick. We will end up playing mostly traditional Blues, because that is what we do, and we will be lucky to get two rehearsals (zero is more likely), but I do need to get a few songs in that capture more of that New Orleans vibe.

So my question is, what are some essential songs for a Mardi Gras event? Are there any must play standards?

Thanks in advance for any help.
2841 posts
Feb 24, 2019
3:19 AM
Gambler's Blues- St. James Infirmary is one we do a lot of times out, wherever we are.
Music and travel destroy prejudice.



52 posts
Feb 24, 2019
7:11 AM
Iko Iko for sure but there are quite a few tunes to choose from. Ask your horn players. Check out Dr John, Professor Long hair, Nevile Bros. you'll get feel for it and what songs will work with your band. Main thing have some fun ya know Bon ton roulie !
2286 posts
Feb 24, 2019
2:52 PM
"Mardi Gras Mambo" - Art Neville
"Mardi Gras in New Orleans"- Professor Longhair
"Party Town" - Bobby Charles
"Hey Pocky Way" - The Neville Brothers
"Way Down Yonder in New Orleans" - Standard
"Basin Street Blues" - Standard
"When the Saints Go Marching In" - Standard
"Bourbon Street Parade" - Standard
"Goin' Back to New Orleans" - Dr. John
"Drop Me Off in New Orleans" - Kermit Ruffins
"Big Chief" - Professor Longhair
"Carnival Time" - Al "Carnival Time" Johnson
"Do Watcha Wanna" - Rebirth Brass Band
"Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans" - Standard
698 posts
Feb 24, 2019
11:18 PM
Street Parade - Earl King
Tootie Ma is a Big Fine Thing
Jock a Mo - Sugar Boy Crawford (early version of Iko Iko)
Tailgate Ramble - Bechet
Go to the Mardi Gras
Junko Partner
Second Line - Stop Inc

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