Three dark skinned men play musical instruments against a light blue background. On the right, one man wears a large blue feathered headdress, a blue patterned and ruffled coat, and plays the tambourine and sings.  In the middle, one man wears a red blazer and plays the saxophone. On the left one man has orange and yellow stripes painted across his cheeks and wears a large brown, black, and white feathered headdress and a white embroidered and patterned coat  while he plays the tambourine
Festival of Fools Twilight Series: Cha Wa
City Hall Park
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New Orleans brass band-meets-Mardi Gras Indian outfit Cha Wa radiates the energy of the city’s street culture. “My People,” the band’s follow up to their Grammy-nominated album “Spyboy,” feels like pure joy, a distillation of generations of New Orleans expression. But it also never fails to remind us how hard-won that joy was and still is: not least in the tense, funky and explosive title track, with its declaration “My people, we’re still here.” 

“Mardi Gras Indian songs are inherently songs about freedom,” the band’s drummer Joe Gelini says. “And that struggle is as relevant today as it’s ever been.” Popmatters describes the band as "a grand gumbo of singing, intoxicating rhythms, and deep funk grooves that are impossible to resist.” 


Catch a concert on the lawn as the sun sets on City Hall Park with this beloved series that presents 16 free evening concerts on alternating Fridays and Saturdays featuring a  lineup of regional luminaries spanning the full spectrum of genres.

2023 City Hall Park programming is underwritten by the Pomerleau Family Foundation and The WaterWheel Foundation. Media sponsor, Seven Days. Twilight Series is presented by Soundtoys.

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