Lady luck is smiling on us indeed! What an auspicious and fortuitious delight to have the New Orleans traditions of Fat Tuesday intersect with MarchFourth Marching Band's annual anniversary date at the Crystal Ballroom! Could two more colorful, creative and soulful elements be brought together? We think not, and you shouldn't think twice about getting your ticket early to this traditional annual blowout.
The Ballroom will be ready with a face painter and Mardi Gras beads for everybody to get their NOLA on, and also -- as is our style -- we've made the party property-wide! The Hot Club Trio will be busking outside the Crystal, and McMenamins' house band The Windshield Vipers will lay down classic hits and hidden gems in Ringlers Pub and across the street in Al's Den (located beneath ground level in our Crystal Hotel), Sam Cooper (of Horse Feathers, Jared Mees fame) performs with his special guest Jacob Miller and the Bridge City Crooners, who will perform aset of Dixieland Jazz.
But what about the food? What about the DRINKS?!? Relaaaaaax: we have matters in hand: The Crystal Hotel properties (including Ringlers Annex and Zeus Cafe') will feature étouffée and king cake, while the Crystal Ballroom (including Ringlers Pub and the Ballroom itself) will offer jambalaya and king cake. And we'll have Hurricanes everywhere for you to wash it all down with, as well as other tasty drink specials!
Note: For a VIP ticket (21+ only) that gets you into both shows, plus a meet & greet with M4 in Lola's room between shows, click here.
5 to 7 p.m. - Hot Club Trio (front of Crystal)
6 p.m. - MarchFourth Marching Band - early show (Crystal Ballroom)
7 to 10 p.m. - The Windshield Vipers (Ringlers Pub)
7 to 10 p.m. - Sam Cooper, Jacob Miller & the Bridge City Crooners (Al's Den)
9 p.m. - MarchFourth Marching Band - late show (Crystal Ballroom)