Mardi Gras | 02.20-02.24 | NOLA to NY

Words & Images by: Dino Perrucci

Mardi Gras 2009 :: New Orleans to New York

Dr. John :: 02.20 :: Terminal 5 :: NYC
New York and New Orleans have always shared a special bond, especially in the music community. While New Orleans is the unquestioned center of Mardi Gras celebration in North America, this year New York welcomed some of the Crescent City's finest musicians to start the celebration. I was lucky enough to photograph the fun in both cities.

On Friday, February 20, Terminal 5 in NYC hosted a triple bill with the New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, Dr. John and The Neville Brothers, making for a great start to an epic weekend. The following night B.B. King's hosted a Mardi Gras Funk Jam featuring Leo Nocentelli, Trombone Shorty, Donald Harrison and Andy Hess. Special guest Jonathan Batiste also joined them on keys. Later that night it was on to Le Poisson Rouge for the 3rd Annual NOLA Funk Mardi Gras Ball featuring Eric Lindell, Anders Osborne and Big Sam's Funky Nation. Le Poisson Rouge was a great venue for this event and the set changes went remarkably smooth.

On Sunday, February 22 it was time to fly down to New Orleans and get a little closer to the action. Sunday night began with Trombone Shorty's 3rd Annual Bacchus Ball at Tipitina's. The show also featured Juvenile and was completely sold out. With so many great music options going on it was time to head down to Howlin' Wolf for a dose of Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk. The band was already on fire when we entered the room and they were soon joined by Jeff Coffin on sax. Later in the night the band welcomed Kofi Burbridge up as well as about a dozen girls from the crowd.

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux :: 02.23 :: Tipitina's
Monday, February 23 was Lundi Gras or the Eve of Mardi Gras for the uninitiated. The music got rolling with a downtown Lundi Gras Block Party featuring Bonerama and Cowboy Mouth. Set under clear blue skies on a mid-seventy-degree day this was the perfect setting for their high-energy sets. "Aren't you glad to be alive?" Fred LeBlanc pleaded during Cowboy Mouth's set. Indeed, we were. Monday night was time for the long running Galactic Lundi Gras party at Tipitina's. This year's version featured an opening set by Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and The Golden Eagles. This show always goes until sunrise on Mardi Gras morning, so there was plenty of time for a full 90 minute set of Mardi Gras Indian grooves. Monk looked beautiful in his new green suit and the band was locked in. Galactic was joined by Trombone Shorty and Corey Harris during their three set performance and the extra horns really added to the sound.

Come Tuesday, Mardi Gras morning we we're off to the Bridge Lounge for the start of the Krewe of Julu Parade. This is my favorite annual gathering of the craziest, most colorful and most wonderful people I know. Parading through the streets of New Orleans led by the rhythms of the Midnite Disturbers and Grand Marshall Henry Griffin this feels like the true spirit of Mardi Gras. Hopefully these images convey the feeling of a very special weekend where my words cannot do it justice. See you next year.

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Dr. John & The Neville Brothers
02.20.09 :: Terminal 5 :: New York City


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Mardi Gras Funk Jam featuring:
Leo Nocentelli, Trombone Shorty, Donald Harrison & Andy Hess
With Special guest Jonathan Batiste
02.21.09 :: B.B. King's :: New York City

Donald Harrison
Andy Hess
Leo Nocentelli
Trombone Shorty
Andy Hess & Jonathan Batiste
Jonathan Batiste
Jonathan Batiste

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NOLAfunk Mardi Gras Ball featuring:
Eric Lindell, Anders Osborne & Big Sam's Funky Nation
02.21.09 :: Le Poisson Rouge :: New York City

Eric Lindell
Anders Osborne
Anders Osborne
Anders Osborne
Anders Osborne
Anders Osborne
Anders Osborne
Anders Osborne
Anders Osborne
Anders Osborne
Anders Osborne
Big Sam's Funky Nation
Big Sam
Big Sam
Big Sam's Funky Nation
Eric Lindell

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Trombone Shorty's 3rd Annual Bacchus Ball
02.22.09 :: Tipitina's Uptown :: New Orleans, LA

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Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
With Guests Jeff Coffin and Kofi Burbridge

02.22.09 :: Howlin' Wolf :: New Orleans, LA

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Lundi Gras Block Party featuring:
Bonerama and Cowboy Mouth

02.23.09 :: New Orleans, LA
Bonerama


Cowboy Mouth

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Galactic Lundi Gras Party
With Special Guests Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and The Golden Eagles
02.23.09 :: Tipitina's Uptown :: New Orleans, LA
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and The Golden Eagles

Galactic with Special Guests
Trombone Shorty & Corey Harris

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Krewe of Julu Parade
02.24.09 :: Mardi Gras Day :: New Orleans, LA

Brian Coogan as Irma Thomas
Midnite Disturbers
Midnite Disturbers
Midnite Disturbers
Big Sam - Midnite Disturbers
Grand Marshall Henry Griffin
Stanton Moore - Midnite Disturbers
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toestothenose starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/4/2009 03:14PM
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toestothenose

Dino Big Ups man! You were everywhere and managed to catch a ton - looks like a blast over 4 days. Huge thanks!

ClaysTribe starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/4/2009 04:01PM
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ClaysTribe

look like a damn good time!

phishspread-aholic starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/4/2009 07:32PM
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phishspread-aholic

looks like an awesome time. cant believe i missed it this year. i love nola.

pattyd908 starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/4/2009 09:16PM
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pattyd908

nice pics dino, see ya at bb kings.

Foominaut star Wed 3/4/2009 10:46PM
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curtbraski starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/5/2009 12:36AM
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curtbraski

twas a throwdown... my liver is still recovering =)

rainydaywomen420 starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/5/2009 12:39AM
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rainydaywomen420

wow, brillaint pictures man, for real. Ive never been so far south as NOLA but ill be sure to make the trip someday soon.

Greg11 starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/5/2009 07:08AM
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PIZAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

nolajazz77 starstarstar Thu 3/5/2009 07:27AM
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Great Photos...you guys should cover Suplecs @ Check points Mardi Gras day..

Please Please Please ..leave Cowboy Mouth outta this ...their real talent got wise and left, prob due to Fred's endless big mouth..and political banter

Check out Paul Sanchez and John Bottie....

Thugin it and lovin it starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/5/2009 09:41AM
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Derek trucks was on fire sunday night too. Great weekend if you never been down to Mardi Gras in New orleans you need to. Great people, great music, great times. Good article

mockdaniels starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/5/2009 10:06AM
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tuffgong, I triple dog dare you to back that statement up with a set of pictures like Dino's. Mobile may have started the gras here in the US, but NOLA got hold, funked it up, and there hasn't been a contest ever since

letstuneup Thu 3/5/2009 02:59PM
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people that live in Mobile spend to much time working and being constructive to be as funky as new orleans

johnnygoff starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/5/2009 04:49PM
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johnnygoff

Dino! hell yeah man! the nawlins shutterbug once again snaps some beauty.

cheers on great shots once again.

csgalle Fri 3/6/2009 10:20AM
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Gotta love my hometown NOLA... Galactic over Lundi Gras was mind blowing as usual. That was actually Corey Henry on trombone with Galactic, not Corey Harris. Great article and pictures though. And as Mardi Gras may have started in Mobile, Alabama, New Orleans has perfected it.

friedpix starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/6/2009 10:35AM
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friedpix

Great work, Dino!

Anders lookin' healthy! Yeah you right

chadsmi Fri 3/6/2009 02:33PM
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Great job Dino!