We celebrate Mardi Gras and a CD release with
JOHNNY HARPER & CARNIVAL
For many years Johnny Harper’s bands have been known for creative versions of New Orleans R&B classics (Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Professor Longhair, Neville Bros./ Meters, Fats Domino, etc. etc.), plus dynamic, original compositions. This mix of styles is carried on in the latest edition of the group and on their new CD “Light of a New Day.” It’s dance music, it’s party music, it’s concert music. It’s music of many different grooves, feels, and moods. Along the way, they give tastes of deep blues, uplifting gospel-soul, some humor and pure fun – and some provocative songs that will move you and give you things to think about. Join us and feel the Mardi Gras spirit!
The new edition of Johnny Harper & Carnival is an 8-piece group including a razor-sharp trumpet-and-sax horn section, the thrilling piano and organ soloing of the great John R. Burr, wailin’ sax from Jim “Dr. Grit” Peterson, and fabulous backing vocals from Gospel-Soul sisters, Maureen Smith and Sue McCracklin. Add the great grooves of drummer Rick Alegria and bassist Jesse Strauss, and you’ve got the recipe for a serious musical gumbo!
The group will also be celebrating the release of their new album, whose opening songs, offer hope and an upbeat spirit, as we keep “looking for the “Light of a New Day.”