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Published: 2012/12/19

Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers to Headline 7h Annual Nolafunk Mardi Gras Ball

Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers will headline CEG/NolaFunk’s 7th New York Mardi Gras Ball. The celebration will take place at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge on February 9, also featuring Stooges Brass Band, DJ Cochon de Lait and other special guests.

For the first time, the event will also expand to a full Nolafunk Mardi Gras Ball Tour, including stops in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC. Ruffins—a star of HBO’s Treme series—will perform on each night of the tour, while the Stooges Brass Band (Feb 7-9), and the Main Squeeze (Feb 6-8) will split support duties.

Prior years of the Mardi Gras Ball have featured New Orleans icons including Dr. John, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Rebirth Brass Band, Anders Osborne, Jon Cleary, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and others.

Here’s a look at the tour’s dates and lineups

February 6 Philadelphia, PA—The Blockley (featuring Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers and The Main Squeeze)

February 7 Washington, DC—Howard Theater (featuring Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers and the Main Squeeze)

February 8 Baltimore, MD— Baltimore Soundstage (featuring
Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers, The Stooges Brass Band, and The Main Squeeze)

February 9 New York, NY—Le Poisson Rouge (7th Annual Nolafunk Mardi Gras Ball featuring Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers, Stooges Brass Band, DJ Cochon de Lait and others)

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