Celebrate Mardi Gras @ Various Locations
With the hot flush of underdog love filling everyone's hearts after the Saints' improbable Super Bowl victory (so conveniently close to Mardi Gras!), you can bet there'll be a lotta people pretending to be Big Easy expats on this year's Fat Tuesday. Luckily for these folks, the Crescent City's Dirty Dozen Brass Band marches its legendary jazz-funk parade music through the Independent tonight, with former Meters drummer Zigaboo Modeliste stirring up his own funky trouble as the opener; if you can't afford round trip tix to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, this is a mighty fine substitute.
A number of clubs are also sharing in the celebration just a few blocks east on Fillmore Street, including Bohemian Knuckleboogie's horn-blaring blues at Rasselas, Black Quarterback's Afro-futurist jams at Yoshi's, and more.
Valencia Street has two venues hosting two different types of Fat Tuesday events: there's a Latin carnaval party featuring Boca do Rio and Forró Brazuca at the Elbo Room, while Amnesia sticks to American soil with the soulful California Honeydrops and the cinematic, Tower-of-Power-meets-Tom-Waits drama of Damon and the Heathens.
Even Ruby Skye gets into the game, with the Jazz Mafia's tuba-honking Brass Mafia ensemble venturing into a club where usually only cologne-soaked DJs dare to tread; when they're done playing, jump directly across the street to Biscuits & Blues, where frequent local performers the Fat Tuesday Band finally get to play on the date for which they're named.
For more Tuesday night recommendations, check out our calendar picks.