Mardi Gras virtual concert series to stream shows from iconic Frenchman Street venues

Despite new restrictions going into effect starting Mardi Gras weekend, music fans can still watch musicians perform at popular Frenchman Street venues through a series of virtual concerts.

StageIt, a live-streaming concert platform, will launch a virtual “Mardi Gras extravaganza” with music performances from New Orleans bands from Wednesday, Feb. 10 to Mardi Gras day.

The Iceman Special and Soul Brass Band are among the bands scheduled to perform from iconic music nightclubs d.b.a. and Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro. Revelers can celebrate all week long and experience the magic of the Krewe of House Floats.

(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Here’s the complete virtual concert schedule:

·  The Iceman Special – “The Carnivoid 2021” at 7 p.m. CST on Feb. 10 – Feb. 12: The “Funka-Delic swamp” four-piece outfit combines a sound of dirty funk and delicate groove with elements of disco and rock and roll to create danceable jams.

·  Soul Brass Band – “Muses Thursday Mardi Gras Kick-Off” at 8 p.m. CST on Feb. 11: Soul Brass Band will kick off Mardi Gras weekend on Muses Thursday live streaming from d.b.a. with special guest Margie Perez and featuring The Camel Toe Lady Steppers.

·  The New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars – “Lundi Gras Celebration” at 9 p.m. CST on Feb. 15: The New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars enters their 27th year as an active performing ensemble, meshing folk music and early jazz influences.

·  Clay Schutte – “Mardi Gras Extravaganza” at 5:30 p.m. CST on Feb. 16: Clay Schutte takes the stage for a virtual mandolin Mardi Gras extravaganza.

All shows are pay what you can and available for public viewing on StageIt.com/MardiGras.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced a series of new restrictions from Friday, Feb. 12 through Mardi Gras day to control crowds and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Those new restrictions will shut down all bars for indoor and outdoor dining citywide during the period. Other restrictions will ban liquor sales in the French Quarter and enforce closures on Decatur, Bourbon, and Frenchmen Streets.

Founded in 2009, StageIt is a ticketed live-streaming platform and community. For more information, visit StageIt.com/MardiGras.

See more Carnival-related stories here.

See also: Krewe of House Floats releases official map of decorated homes


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