Fat Tuesday is upon us. Get ready for the biggest party of the year!
Melbourne, get ready to step out in style and get your Mardi Gras on at The Spotted Mallard on February 25th with the New Orleans-inspired psychedelic funk of Adam Rudegeair’s Bayou Tapestry!
Mardi Gras (aka Fat Tuesday) is the biggest, most raucous party of the year thrown in Roman Catholic countries the night before Lent begins. Every Catholic knows that Ash Wednesday begins a 40 day fast of austerity to purify the soul, so Mardi Gras is one last chance to live it up and get down and dirty!
In New Orleans, the tradition dates back to the early 18th century, and features many wonderful and mysterious traditions such as masquerade masks, Second-line parades, king cakes, beads and the colours purple, green, and gold.
The brainchild of prolific Melbourne pianist and composer Adam Rudegeair (PBS 106.7FM’s Black Wax, The Bowie Project, Lake Minnetonka), Bayou Tapestry is a sweltering groove , a spicy gumbo that’ll shake your mangroves to the roots!
Based on Adam’s 2011 concept album of the same name, the 7-piece Bayou Tapestry band takes inspiration from the DC comic book Swamp Thing, as well as the lurid voodoo swampfunk of Dr John’s seminal Gris Gris album. Razor sharp horns, chicken-greasy guitar, and bluesy keys simmer as the electric vocalist Henry Manetta turns up the heat for a deep-fried fonk experience.
Bayou Tapestry headlined the Melbourne Mardi Gras Festival in 2015, which saw them perform to a crowd of 4000. The have since brought the groove gumbo to the 2015 Melbourne Music Week New Orleans Street Party, the 2016 Po’ Boy Quarter Fat Tuesday Festival and the 2016 Stonnington Jazz Festival’s New Orleans Street Party.
Stay tuned for further details in coming days and get your tickets here.
Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!
Stream the album Bayou Tapestry by Adam Rudegeair:
‘Yam Man’ Live at the Fat Tuesday Festival:
‘Me Minus You Equals Loneliness’ Live at Bennetts Lane:
‘Swamposition’ Live at the Paris Cat: