New Orleans: Entertainment
Your Post-Race Concert Festival Lineup featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and KONGOS!
The brothers KONGOS — multi-cultural, multi-faceted, multi-instrumentalists — craft a unique and irresistible sound spawned from shared DNA, diverse influences and spot-on melodic and lyrical sensibilities. On “Lunatic,” their 12-song Epic Records debut, the band’s talent shines on “Come With Me Now”; the title an impossible-to-resist aural summons, the rock-alt crossover tune kicking off with the accordion, jumping into foot-stomping, staccato rhythms, slide guitar, and soaring epic soundscapes reminiscent of U2. “I’m Only Joking,” whose lyrics hint at the album’s title, hits the mark with decisive tribal rhythms and Pink Floyd-esque mysterious modern rock. Thanks to an earlier self-release of “Lunatic,” KONGOS are already stars overseas, playing their numerous hits off “Lunatic” for crowds of up to 65,000 at South African festivals and touring the Republic with Linkin Park, and the UK and Europe with AWOLNATION and Dispatch. With a Feb-March North American tour with Airborne Toxic Event and alternative and rock radio hot on “Come With Me Now” and “I’m Only Joking,” (not to mention “Come With Me Now” in promos for NFL, NBA and ESPN), 2014 is quickly shaping up as the year the U.S. catches KONGOS fever.
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New Orleans native Trombone Shorty began his career as a bandleader at the young age of six, toured internationally at age 12, and spent his teens playing with various brass bands throughout New Orleans and touring worldwide with Lenny Kravitz. He fronts Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop band. Together they have toured across the U.S., Europe, Australia, Russia, Japan and Brazil. In 2010, Trombone Shorty released his debut album, the Grammy®-nominated “Backatown,” followed by “For True” in 2011, which topped Billboard magazine’s Contemporary Jazz Chart for 12 weeks. His newest album, “Say That to This,” was released in 2013 and features funk/jazz elements of New Orleans. Trombone Shorty appeared in several episodes of HBO’s “Treme,” and has recently appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and “Conan.” In 2012, he performed at the White House in honor of Black History Month with music royalty such as B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck and Booker T. Jones. At this year’s Grammy Awards, he performed alongside Madonna, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert. In 2012, he received the President’s Medal from Tulane University in recognition of his charitable work with the Trombone Shorty Foundation, which donates quality instruments to schools across New Orleans.
Concert Stage Schedule
Live Music & Entertainment on Course
Music makes up the heart and “sole” of this event. Live bands and entertainers will be performing a variety of music from alternative, classic and punk rock to blues, jazz and soul along each mile of the race course. The bands set the tempo for this marathon party, where runners and spectators alike will be “dancin’ in the streets” to these mini-concerts.
Featured Bands on Course
Dysfunktional Bone was started in 2012 by a bunch of students from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA. Justin Pardue, the leader and trombonist of the band, wanted to start playing original funk music in a brass band setting but decided to add a rocking rhythm section to explore more options with the sound. Now the band performs weekly on Frenchmen St. entertaining crowds with their action packed set. They perform original funk-rock music along with covers by bands like Nirvana, Dr. Dre, 2Pac, Stevie Wonder, and everything in between. The band is more than just music being performed. They are a LIVE MUSIC EXPERIENCE!
Noisewater is a 6-piece New Orleans funk rock band comprised of musicians from a diverse background. The members
have played the specter of music from Metal to Big Band and Jazz to Progressive Rock. It is with this eclectic background
they approach Funk with a harder, rocking edge that is sure to groove. Harnessing inspiration from New Orleans culture and
infusing it with a bit of rock, jazz, reggae, psychedelic and funk music they serve you up a cocktail of music that will leave you
thirsty for more…
Born out of the remains of the Grammy Nominated GodSpeed3 band, Runaway Train brings over 20 years of professional experience to the table. Whether it is helping to make your event flow smoothly or producing a professional product on stage this band can deliver and does…every time. The Runaway Train members have collectively played across the entire southeastern United States and they know quality entertainment; with a professional appearance and family friendly show, Runaway Train can be your best option for a great event. This band is not the typical suit and tie band. Playing popular music from all genres, they have become a crowd favorite and are well sought after for all kinds of events.
The Last New Beginning
The Last New Beginning (TLNB) is a piano driven rock band based out of New
Orleans, LA. Playing various radio hits from The Fray, to Coldplay, from Gavin
Degraw to Billy Joel. TLNB will get the crowd interested and keep them there.
Easy listening for the most part, TLNB will jam out when needed to keep a good
dynamic.TLNB loves playing the songs familiar to most people. Once the crowd
has caught on, TLNB slips in some original music to give listeners a fresh groove
to sip on. The Last New beginning is a unique band that has a fresh sound and
unmatchable chemistry between bandmates. Always up for a good time, The
Last New Beginning never disappoints.
Kilts of Many Colours Pipe Band started out as one guy learning how to play the bagpipes in 1996. He became proficient, and was asked to play at several local functions. In 2000, another guy wanted to learn how, but couldn’t find a teacher. So, he called the police. No, really, the guy asked the police if they knew of any bagpipers in the area. They told him a piper would be playing the next day for Police Memorial Week in Covington, La. The guy went to the event and convinced the piper to teach him how to play the bagpipes. From there, word of mouth (along with some pressure from family and friends) caused others to join in the fun.
A decade later Kilts of Many Colours Pipe Band now has 15 pipers and eight drummers and during Mardi Gras can boast some world class talent that joins us for the parades extending our numbers. Our local group has nationally rated members who compete individually in bagpipe and drum competitions across the United States. Our Pipe Major, Steven Brownlee, is an awarding winning piper who has played for royalty, both Mardi Gras and British..