Taking a Deep Dive into Mardi Gras
You probably already know that it’s Tuesday, but what you may not realize is that it’s actually Fat Tuesday…and if it’s Fat Tuesday, then it must be Mardi Gras!
Yes, today marks the biggest party in New Orleans, but let’s be honest: when you get right down to it, it’s pretty much the biggest party in America, one filled with revelers from around the world. And what else is it filled with? Music!
Oh, right, and alcohol, too. Plus, there’s a ton of great Cajun cuisine to be had as well. But given that we’re a record label, you’ll forgive us, we hope, if we focus strictly on the music for the moment.
We’ve put together a playlist which features songs about Mardi Gras and New Orleans, with a few additional songs that are generally considered to be perfect summations of the Mardi Gras experience. Yes, you’ll see that there are some artists who you’d expect to find in such a compilation of tunes, like Dr. John and The Meters, but this wouldn’t be a Deep Dive if we didn’t offer up some musical left turns, including…
- Miles Davis performing “Carnival Time”
- Harpers Bizarre’s take on “Battle of New Orleans”
- Sugar Hill Records recording artists Crash Crew rapping their way through “Breaking Bells (Take Me to the Mardi Gras”)
And, of course, it’s bookended by versions of “Mardi Gras in New Orleans,” one by Professor Longhair and the other by Allen Toussaint.
Party on, New Orleans. Enjoy the Mardi Gras!