Montgomery's DBA To Host 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Block Party On January 30th January 19, 2016 14:30


DBA Montgomery is excited to once again bring authentic New Orleans music with a “crowd favorite” second line to Downtown Montgomery for the 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Block Party and Cajun Cook Off on Saturday, January 30 from noon – 6 p.m. The block party will take place in the 100 block of Commerce Street in the Downtown Entertainment District and will be free to the public.

The entertainment is being sponsored by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. Other event sponsors include Wind Creek Montgomery, Wind Creek Wetumpka, City of Montgomery, Bama Budweiser, Saza Serious Italian, Dreamland Bar-b-que, Railyard Brewing Co., Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa, and Wintzell's.  Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Clay McInnis at 334-850-1101 or for more information.

Headlining the event from 2-5 p.m. is New Orleans talent the Free Agents Brass Band.  Known for their motto “We Made It Through That Water,” the group is made up of musicians who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina who have come together to not only perform, but to preserve the authenticity of New Orleans Brass Band music. They are featured on the 2008 Sundance award-winning, Oscar nominated documentary, “Trouble the Water” among other honors. Their music is live and intense with showmanship second to none! Any crowd will thoroughly enjoy the Free Agents and leave musically satisfied and longing for more of that classic New Orleans Second Line.

This year, DBA is adding a Cajun Cook Off and tent decorating tailgate experience to the event. Djcasequarter will get the crowd warmed up before Free Agents Brass Band take the stage. Revelers can enjoy a Cajun cook off with food tastings provided by local restaurants from noon until 2 p.m. Attendees can also bring their friends and decorate their own themed tent. Tasting tickets are $10 each. Tailgating space is $200. Tasting tickets and tailgate sites are limited.

To purchase tickets, click here. A portion of the proceeds will go to Valiant Cross Academy. Attendees are encouraged to visit downtown restaurants and businesses for food and beverage purchases. No outside alcohol is allowed at the event.

Please contact Clay McInnis at 334-850-1101 or for more information.

About the Free Agents Brass Band 

Founded by bass drummer, Ellis Joseph, the Free Agents Brass Band brought together musicians who had been displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and no longer had regular performing jobs with the bands they’d worked with before the storm. “I consider myself a free agent, so that’s where the name came from,” says Joseph. An experienced bass drummer and graduate of St. Augustine High School, Joseph has traveled extensively with various New Orleans Brass Bands.

Check out the Free Agent Brass Band on Facebook!

Tasting Tickets are avialable for purchase at $10 per ticket. To purchase tickets, click here.

About Montgomery’s Downtown Business Association

Montgomery’s Downtown Business Association (DBA) works to promote and encourage the creation and expansion of businesses and professional organizations in the downtown Montgomery area. DBA was organized and incorporated in 2010. DBA has a steadily expanding membership of downtown businesses and professional organizations. The Downtown Business Association of Montgomery, Alabama is an independent, non-profit organization established under the laws of the State of Alabama. Their mission is “To promote the growth and vitality of the downtown Montgomery business community.” For more info on DBA Montgomery visit

About Valiant Cross Academy

Valiant Cross Academy is an all-male private school based on Christian principles with an intentional culture of structure and discipline. The school is located in the heart of downtown Montgomery, Alabama on Dexter Avenue.