Mardi Gras on Broad Street

Sunday afternoon special at Velvet Music Rooms.

On Sunday 2nd April, the spirit of New Orleans will descend on Broad Street when Tipitina make their overdue and welcomed return to the Midlands to perform at Birmingham Rocks at Velvet Music Rooms.

Tipitina are the real thing. A hugely talented combo that deliver the red hot and rocking New Orleans music of Dr John, James Booker, Professor Longhair and Fats Domino.

Singer Debbie Jones is a powerhouse, rooted in Gospel, while pianist Justin Randall is quite simply the finest New Orleans style piano player outside of Louisiana.

As well as live music from the top drawer, there will be other Mardi Gras-related activities, including a playlist of New Orleans jazz and blues artists, a slideshow and authentic Cajun meals on the Velvet Music Rooms menu. All guaranteed to take you on a sensory journey to New Orleans, that Land of Dreams.

Since opening in the Velvet Music Rooms in October 2022, Birmingham Rocks has hosted Blues For Ukraine, raising £3850 for Ukraine on one memorable night, the Steve Gibbons Band as part of his Star on Broad Street presentation, The Birth of Metal event celebrating the 53rd anniversary of the release of the first Black Sabbath album, which featured renowned Black Sabbath sound-alikes Sabbra Cadabra and a reading of a poem written specifically for the occasion by original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward by former Birmingham Poet Laureate Spoz, as well as an enormous range of bands playing everything from ska, gypsy jazz, rockabilly, rock, blues and even a 17-piece swing big band. But this is the first time that New Orleans has been in the spotlight.