MOUNTAINSIDE MARDI GRAS BRINGS SPIRIT OF NEW ORLEANS TO THE ROCKIES
Experience Mardi Gras a mile above sea level on Saturday, August 8, 2009 as For/Sure Productions presents the first annual Mountainside Mardi Gras Music Festival. The day-long event will be held at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado.
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Grammy Award-winning recording artist Dr. John & The Lower 911 will be headlining the festival of multiple New Orleans-based acts including Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk.
"We are truly focused on bringing the sights, sounds, flavor and flair of the New Orleans Mardi Gras to the amphitheater," said For/Sure president, Trevor Jones. "We want Coloradans to feel like they are in the Big Easy and New Orleanians to feel at home."
The rest artist lineup includes George Porter Jr. and the Runnin' Pardners, Papa Grows Funk, Big Sam's Funky Nation and Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes.
Festival organizers encourage concert-goers to dress up in Mardi Gras inspired garb, incorporating the traditional green, purple and gold colors as well as beads, masks and feathers.
The Krewe of OAK from New Orleans and an authentic brass band will roam the amphitheater as buskers, creating a mini-parade route as they hand out beads and medallions.
Jones, who is a Denver native, came up with the idea for the festival after attending Tulane University. "I really fell in love with New Orleans and its music. I wanted to spread that vibe around — especially to my home music scene, in Denver," Jones said.
A portion of profits will go directly to the Tipitina's Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing the local music community and supporting public school music programs in Louisiana.
Venue gates open at 12 p.m. and the music starts at 1 p.m.
Tickets for the event go on sale May 16 at 10 a.m. MST and are available at all King Soopers locations, by phone at 1-866-464-2626 or Ticketswest.com.
Ticket Prices: $48.50 GA & $62.50 Reserved