Rebirth Brass Band To Play Montgomery's 5th Annual Mardi Gras Block Party January 24, 2018 11:14
Montgomery’s Downtown Business Association (DBA Montgomery) will celebrate the 5th Annual Mardi Gras Block Party and Cajun Cook Off on Saturday, February 3rd on the 100 block of Commerce Street from NOON - 4pm. Addressing the recent Entertainment District suspension, the City is allowing alcohol to be purchased and consumed on Commerce Street within the Entertainment District during the hours of the event. According to Mayor Todd Strange, “We are excited that the spirit of Mardi Gras will be thriving in downtown Montgomery. The special event permit for this occasion allows the open container portion of our City ordinance to be lifted for six hours. We look forward to a festive, family-friendly celebration that is enjoyed responsibly. Laissez les bons temps rouler!”
Performing at the event is New Orleans’ undisputed leader amongst brass bands, Grammy award winning Rebirth Brass Band who will bring their signature brand of brass funk to the streets of Montgomery starting at 1:30pm. Bringing in a high caliber group such as Rebirth was a priority while planning the 5th Annual event. “Having a 5th year anniversary in anything is a milestone these days. We wanted to celebrate this achievement of bringing people together for a free Mardi Gras event in downtown Montgomery and we couldn’t have dreamed of a more exciting band from New Orleans to mark the occasion than Rebirth Brass Band.”, says Clay McInnis, President of Montgomery’s Downtown Business Association (DBA).
While the Block Party is free and open to the public, tickets are required to experience the Cajun Cook Off that will be NOON - 2pm and will feature some of Montgomery’s premiere restaurants such as Wintzell’s, Itta Bena, Saza, Central, Capital City Club, Touch of Soul Cafe’, Peppertree Steaks, Montgomery Biscuits, Cahawba House, Wishbone Cafe and D’Road. Advanced tickets can be purchased for $20 each at https:// www.freshtix.com/events/cajunmgm. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $25 each. It is strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance as the event is always a sell out. 100% of proceeds will benefit Valiant Cross Academy whose scholars will be on hand to perform their morning ritual to the crowd. In addition to the check presented from proceeds of the Cook Off, Wind Creek Montgomery will also present a check as a part of their “Make a Change” program.
Mark Bullock and Tonya Terry from WSFA will be King & Queen and serve as masters of ceremony. The event is family-friendly and will go on rain or shine. No outside alcohol is allowed. In true Mardi Gras fashion, costumes and dancing shoes are encouraged. Click here to join + follow the event on Facebook..
Entertainment is sponsored by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. Other sponsors include City of Montgomery, Wind Creek Montgomery, Alabama Power, Bama Budweiser, Beasley Allen, City Councilman Arch Lee, Serquest, Goodwyn Mills & Cawood, AALOS, Starke Agency, WSFA, Rushton Stakely, Servis1st Bank, Sandra Nickel Hat Team Realtors, Guardian Credit Union, Escapology and Raycom Media. Special thanks goes to Stamp Agency, Cumulus Broadcasting, Alley Bar, Aviator Bar, Saza, RSVP and Whole Foods.
Watch Rebirth Brass Band perform at Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival (2017):
About Rebirth Brass Band:
Simply put, The Rebirth Brass Band is a New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the now infamous Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. Their persistent production of the rich, New Orleans Brass Band sound won the band a Grammy on their 2011 release, “Rebirth of New Orleans.” Rebirth is committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands while at the same time incorporating modern music into their show. Their signature brand of brass funk has won over several generations of music lovers, and in a post-Katrina world, their name and music have become the soundtrack to their musically rich hometown. In the wake of the sometimes-stringent competition amongst brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack, and they show no signs of slowing down.
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 www.dbamontgomery.org.
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. http://www.valiantcross.org