Music

Our 2017 musical guests:

CHARLES NEVILLE,
Circus Mind,
High & Mighty Brass Band

Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir

We’re beyond excited to announce the return of NOLA musical legend and Neville Brothers cofounder, CHARLES NEVILLE, who will join Circus Mind on stage; we have the amazing High & Mighty Brass Band, and the return of Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir! Our musical lineup will include many more special guests—guaranteed to make you forget your woes with their righteous beats, and to make you revel in the sweet NOLA seduction that is FAT FRIDAY! Emcee fun for the evening is provided by everyone’s favorite, Christopher Hardwick; deep NOLA tracks are spun by DJ Douggie Style.

Charles Neville

Charles Neville
Charles Neville is one of the founding members of the world-famous Neville Brothers, and is most certainly among the musical royalty of New Orleans. He has played sax with greats such as James Brown, B.B. King, Ray Charles, and Allen Toussaint, just to name a few. He will be joining Circus Mind, a local super group of sorts, whose members have played in groups such as Dark Star Orchestra, Leo Nocentelli’s Meters Experience, Raw Oyster Cult, Fish Head Stew, and Jason Crosby & Friends. These supremely talented folks will get together for a very special Mardi-Gras inspired performance that will also feature several other local special guests.

 

Circus Mind

Circus mind logo-squidbetterCircus Mind’s first release in 2002 featured a host of specials guests including Leo Nocentelli, Cyril Neville, Eric Krazno & Neal Evans of Soulive, Earl “Chinna” Smith from Bob Marley’s band, & Rebirth Brass band laid down all the horns.

The band has played with and opened for many national headliners such as The Neville Brothers, Meters, Metermen, The Radiators, Papa Grows Funk, John Cleary, Taj Mahal, George Clinton, Deep Banana Blackout, Mofro, Stanton Moore, and Fishbone—to name a few.

 

High & Mighty Brass Band

High & Mighty Brass Band (HMBB) is like no other brass on the scene today. They’ve shared the stage with music legends such as Cyril Neville, Dr. John, Trombone Shorty and Galactic, just to name a few. They’ve played Bonnaroo, Governor’s Ball, and Crawfish Fest. HMBB combine influences from the Funk/R&B and Brass Band traditions of New Orleans as well as more current sounds of Hip Hop and Trap music from the group’s hometown of Brooklyn, NY. Their sound is something that’s both modern and classic and definitely always a party!

 

Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir

What would FAT FRIDAY be without the liberating hymns of Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir? The Reverend has carved time from a schedule that included opening for Neil Young 6 times (!) during his “The Monsanto Years” tour—to deliver us from the Delicious Evil that is FAT FRIDAY: Divine Inferno with his righteous stomp.