Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Mardi Gras - Southeast Texas Style

We’re having two Mardi Gras celebrations in Southeast Texas this year (not counting Galveston’s big bash). It’s going to be a wild week:

  • Wednesday, 2/14 – Ray Wylie Hubbard at Courville’s

  • Thursday, 2/15 – 9 Station Drive and Cross Canadian Ragweed on Crockett Street in Beaumont

  • Friday, 2/16 – Pat Green in Port Arthur

  • Saturday, 2/17 – Satisfaction (Rolling Stones Tribute band) at 3:00 p.m. in Port Arthur

  • Saturday, 2/17 – Robert Earl Keen in Port Arthur (or Jazz Innovators on Crockett Street…haven’t made up my mind on that one)

  • Sunday, 2/18 – Scott McGill at 5:00 p.m. on Crockett Street

  • And…drum roll, please...

  • Sunday, 2/18 – The Neville Brothers at the Beaumont Civic Center (I JUST GOT ME A FRONT ROW SEAT!)

    Man, I sure hope I don’t hurt myself with all this musical wonderfulness. The ticket price is $10 per night and includes concerts (The Neville Brothers and Ray Wylie Hubbard tickets are separate) and great parades.


    Beaumont Mardi Gras


Susan in St. Paul said...

I was reading this post and thinking that's nice, sounds expensive, then I read Neville Brothers !!!! if I start driving on Monday, I could be there by then!!!!!

I last saw the Neville Bros at the Taste of Minnesota some years back, they were so hot! I have no idea who the rest of the audience was as they did not look (or dance) like native Minnesotans. That was nice because sometimes it starts funny a bit strange here if you are a non-native like myself.

They played between 2 massive thunderstorms, with little kids all over the stage. When something started sparking on stage, the band had the kids off the stage so fast if you turned your head away for a moment you would have missed it! Once it was safe again, they played. It was a great time.

While they were performing, two of their roadies were getting more and more amorous at the side of the stage until the band started making funny "get a room" type comments from the stage.

It was great!!! Have fun Laurie!!!

Laurie said...

Susan - Everything is included in the gate fee at the Port Arthur events (I think $7 Friday and $10 Saturday or something like that) and that includes parades and lots of other stuff. Same for Beaumont, I think.

The only thing I'm paying extra for is the Neville Brothers ticket but that will be worth it.

Jen T. (that's me) said...

So, yeah. Brian and I were planning on going to New Orleans on 2/17 to see Journey and Taylor Hicks in the parade that night and WHATTYAKNOW? The band goes and books a gig that night. Needless to say, I'm kinda miffed.

I've never been to Mardi Gras. I have never even been to Beaumont/Port Arthur Mardi Gras. Isn't that sad?

The Freelance Cynic said...

Man, I wish I could go to a Mardi Gras.

About the closest thing we have in Britian is events with free bouncy castles, and even then we still take off our shoes.

Jack said...

That's quite a line up.

Laurie said...

Jen - Oh! That's so sad. I was so hoping you'd get to go to New Orleans.

Freelance Cynic - You must come to Mardi Gras sometime!

Jack - It makes me tired already. I'm excited though!!!!

cindybindy said...

The Neville Brothers! I'm so jealous. I've seen them several times in New Orleans and they put on one Hell of a show. My middle brother spent some time in the pen during the time Aaron Neville was a guest of the state. Guess that's my family's claim to fame :) Hope you have a great time.

Jack said...

Are the Neville Brothers any kin to Neville Chamberlain?

Laurie said...

Cindy - Does your brother have any messages he wants me to pass on to Aaron?

Jack - I don't see a family resemblance. However, they are the Prime Ministers of Funk.

JerseyTjej said...

Neville brothers...I may start swimming and would be there by then! You are so lucky! Toss back one for me!

Laurie said...

Jersey - Will do!