6 top Louisiana & WNY bands to perform
The Big Easy in Buffalo has announced three shows celebrating Mardi Gras season:
Feb. 26 – LeeRon Zydeco & The Buffalo Touch Polka Band – Sportsmen’s Tavern – two of Buffalo’s best play separately and together for a special “Mardi Graski” show that continues The Big Easy in Buffalo’s local series.
March 18 – John Papa Gros Band – Sportsmen’s Tavern – last seen at the Borderland Music + Art Festival, Gros brings his blend of New Orleans classics and original material with a full band and horns.
March 24 – Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Nathan & The Zydeco Cha-Chas, Organ Fairchild, the 15th annual Mardi Gras Jam – Buffalo Iron Works – “Mardi Gras Mambo” with New Orleans headliner the Dirty Dozen joined by Louisiana’s Nathan and Buffalo’s Organ Fairchild for a night of brass, zydeco, jazz, jam and blues.
“After two years of virtual live streams and delayed shows, The Big Easy in Buffalo is back with an incredible lineup,” Artistic/Executive Director Tod A. Kniazuk said. “We wanted to wrap up our 15th season in a big way, so we just had to extend Mardi Gras time into March in order to get all these bands to Western New York.”
Since 2007, The Big Easy in Buffalo has brought New Orleans and Louisiana music and culture to the Western New York region several times a year for free and low-cost live performance, as well as music education and mentoring for local musicians, students and the community. Through The Big Easy in Buffalo, thousands of students, dozens of local bands, and countless audience members in Western New York have been exposed to this unique American culture.