See ESPN's Super Bowl band in Hollywood for Mardi Gras

Hollywood’s scruffy authenticity shares enough DNA with New Orleans to consider the two cities distant (OK, very distant) cousins. And it makes perfect sense that our burg’s Mardi Gras festivities would offer music that is right on the cutting edge of the Louisiana sound.

Take, for example, the Stooges Brass Band, which is booked to perform a free show at 7:30-9 p.m. on Fat Tuesday (Feb. 12) at the Hollywood Beach Bandshell. The Stooges recently have sold out some of New York City’s hottest rooms, including the Cutting Room, Brooklyn Bowl and Webster Hall.

But this week the band has gotten a completely different referendum on the popularity of the musical gumbo it serves (equal parts Big Easy brass, funk and hip-hop) while performing as the Super Bowl Week house band on ESPN’s “SportsNation.” Get a sneak peek at what the Stooges Brass Band will be cooking  at 4 p.m. daily on ESPN2. (Below, the band is seen performing  where they seem most comfortable, the streets of New Orleans.)

Hollywood’s major Mardi Gras concert will be Feb. 9 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the ArtsPark on Young Circle. The free event, curated by the Rhythm Foundation and called Hollywood ArtsPark Experience: New Orleans, will feature the brassy funk-rock of the Crescent City’s own Bonerama, T-Broussard & the Zydeco Steppers, and the Bad Apples Brass Band.

For more information on both shows, go to RhythmFoundation.com or call 305-672-5202.

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