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The best Mardi Gras concerts in NYC

Our guide to Mardi Gras concerts in NYC features New Orleans musicians playing funk, blues, R&B and more

Written by
Andrew Frisicano
&
Jennifer Picht
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There’s really no substitute for a weekend in New Orleans. With that said, these concerts should ease the pain of being stuck in NYC this February. Regardless of your geography, Fat Tuesday brings jazz music, Cajun cuisine and some of the year’s best parties. Here’s our roundup of the best Mardi Gras–related concerts in NYC.

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Best Mardi Gras concerts in NYC

  • Music
  • Funk, soul and disco
If it weren’t for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the art of second-line music might have been little more than a museum item at this point. The New Orleans horn-funk powerhouse ushered in the brass-band revival of the ’70s, paving the way for a new generation of blowers. In more recent years, the group has guested with everyone from Widespread Panic to Modest Mouse; here, the DDBB takes top billing.
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  • Things to do
The Hall at MP hosts this traditional New Orleans affair with a sick lineup of jazz and R&B performances all month-long. Make sure to check out Milo Z and the Funk Band on Fat Tuesday at 7pm. Before the show grab a crawfish platter served with corn and potatoes ($35). There’s also an amazing happy hour with half-off NOLA beers and craft cocktails from 6 to 7pm.
Tulane NYC Mardi Gras Party
  • Things to do
If you want to keep the Mardi Gras festivities going well-through the weekend, watch bandleader and percussionist Derrick Freeman and his Soul Brass Band tear up DROM with a lively set of tunes on March 1.

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