Photo courtesy Trombone Shorty
When the floats stop floating and the bead supply runs dry, Mal's St. Paddy's Parade still has more entertainment to offer. Here's a look at the bands that will wrap up the day at the official after-party and awards ceremony at Hal & Mal's.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
New Orleans native Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews is proof that musical prodigies exist. At 6 years old, Andrews led brass bands during parades around his hometown. Starting at age 12, he began performing with various artists on international tours, including a 105-show tour with Lenny Kravitz in 2005. Andrews was only 19 at the time.
Now, the Grammy-nominated trombone and trumpet player fronts his own band, Orleans Avenue, a hip-hop-infused funk band featuring guitarist Pete Murano, drummer Joey Peebles, baritone saxophonist Dan Oestreicher and bassist Michael Ballard. Andrews' studio albums—2010's "Backatown," 2011's "For True" and 2013's "Say That to Say This"—have all breached the top five spots on Billboard's contemporary jazz charts.
Dumpstaphunk, another New Orleans act on the Mal's St. Paddy's Parade lineup, boasts an impressive pedigree. While the band is best known for dual bass guitarists Nick Daniels III and Tony Hall, the roster also features keyboardist Ivan Neville, son of R&B legend Aaron Neville, and guitarist Ian Neville, Aaron's cousin.
When Ivan formed the band to back his solo performance at the 2003 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, he intended it to be a one-time engagement. Instead, the funk band has become a recurring presence at major music events across the nation, including Voodoo Fest, Bonnaroo and the Peach Music Festival.
Brownout Presents: Brown Sabbath
There's Ozzy Osbourne, there's Latin music, and there's funk. Never the trio shall meet. Except, when they do, it turns out to be amazing. Since Brownout, a band from Austin, Texas, began touring with its Black Sabbath cover show in early 2014, the nine-piece Latin funk act has drawn plenty of unexpected attention. Major publications such as the Boston Globe and USA Today have printed articles about the band. The band's self-titled seven-track record also earned some accolades. "Brownout presents: Brown Sabbath" appeared on NPR Music's "50 Favorite Albums of 2014" list alongside releases from Mary J. Blige, Jenny Lewis and Robert Plant.
Like its brothers in Brownout, seven-piece Roxy Roca from Austin, Texas, benefits from its musical hometown. Vocalist Taye Cannon's early years in Alabama were a meld of punk rock and classic soul. After moving to Austin, he formed his first band, Mocktigers, which leaned heavily toward the former, but at heart, he still considered himself a soul singer. Roxy Roca began to take shape after Cannon met guitarist Errol Siegel. Since the horn-fueled soul-funk band debuted at an after-party for the 2010 Austin City Limits Music Festival, Roxy Roca has performed with major acts across the board, including Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, B.B. King, and all three of its St. Paddy's Parade co-stars. The band released its Stag Records debut album, "Ain't Nothin' Fancy," in late February.
Mal's St. Paddy's Day Official After-Party begins at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, March 21, at Hal & Mal's (200 S. Commerce St., 601-948-0888). Tickets are $20 in advance at ardenland.net, and $25 at the venue. The event is for ages 18 and up. For more information, visit malsstpaddysparade.com.