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Tuesday, March 4

Fat Tuesday: MarchFourth's 11th Anniversary

MarchFourth Marching Band

*** early show ***

w/ DJ GlobalRuckus

Joy Now Band

Face and body painters, food specials

Busking outside from Hot Club Trio (5 to 7pm)

6 p.m. DJ, 6:40 p.m. Joy Now, 7 p.m. M4

All ages welcome

$12 advance, $15 day of show | Kids 4-12 $9 adv, $12 d.o.s. | Kids 3 & under free | $50 VIP ticket (both shows, meet & greet)

Presented By: McMenamins and MarchFourth Marching Band present

Fat Tuesday: MarchFourth's 11th Anniversary

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)

MarchFourth Marching Band

This mobile big band spectacular (known as M4 to fans) is a sonic party of electric bass, a diverse percussion ensemble and a brassy horn section, and a visual kaleidoscope of costumed dancing beauties, acrobatic stilt walkers, fire arts (venue permitting), hula-hoopers, and many more theatrics. The sound is huge, melodic, and dynamic, taking audiences on a musical journey around the globe.

MarchFourth writes and performs its own material, and also draws inspiration from an eclectic range of worldwide influences, such as Eastern European gypsy brass, samba, latin, funk, afro-beat, big-band, jazz, and rock music, as well as television, film, circus, and vaudeville. With exceptional musical quality and memorable energy, and the spectacle of the dancers, M4 "rocks" with the best of them while entertaining the audience with an over-the-top explosion of performance, color and charisma.


Busking outside from Hot Club Trio (5 to 7pm)

Hot Club Time Machine are a gypsy swing band based out of Nashville, TN, consisting of members Derek Pell on violin, Austin Fillingo on guitar, Ethan Ballinger on mandolin, and Mike Rinne on bass. They play old style swing music with a new spirit and youthful energy, having a passion and respect for the swing and European gypsy jazz of the 30's and 40's (Django Reinhardt in particular) while adding their own personalities into the mix. Their live shows are known to be infectiously energetic and highly entertaining, playing anything from popular tv show themes to soul and jazz standards, lightning fast rompers to beautiful ballads, old and new classics alike. They are eager to share their love for the music and make believers out of those who think swing is outdated and merely for old people.