Every year Amoeba kicks off Mardi Gras with a Fat Tuesday celebration, and this year once again a portion of the proceeds from all three Amoeba stores will benefit relief efforts in New Orleans.
|The Dirty Dozen Brass Band|
Taking place Feb. 12, the celebration will include a performance by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at 2 p.m., DJs spinning New Orleans sounds starting at 1pm and our annual Second Line Parade follwing DDBB. The family-friendly event draws crowds every year.
This year Amoeba will be exclusively distributing the CD Congo Square Vol. 1, the first of six planned volumes tracing the development of New Orleans music, with all proceeds of the sale benefiting New Orleans relief efforts. Read more about The Congo Square Project in Billyjam’s interview with Congo Square producer Fabian Jolivet. Additionally we invite you to check out Amoeba.com’s Vinyl Vaults, featuring more than 100 remastered songs by blues great Louis Armstrong, from the years 1923 to 1932, many exclusively available from Amoeba to download for the first time ever. Read more about our Louis Armstrong archives here.
A portion of all Amoeba proceeds Feb. 12 will go to Tipitina’s Foundation and the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic. Tipitina’s Foundation seeks to preserve Louisiana and New Orleans’ musical heritage, while New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic is dedicated to providing affordable healthcare to New Orleans musicians.
Though it’s been more than eight years since Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans in August 2005, recovery and relief efforts continue from one of the costliest and deadliest natural disasters in U.S. history.
Fat Tuesday in Christian tradition takes place the day before Ash Wednesday, when you’re supposed to feast and drink and be merry before the penintential season of Lent, leading up to Easter Sunday. Since then it’s also become a global celebration from Brazil to Senegal, full of costumes, festivities, parades and general decadence. Read about the Mardi Gras Indians here at the Amoeblog; and see pictures of our previous celebrations here and here.
Watch a video of last year's Fat Tuesday festivities below: