Cha Wa

Thursday July 18, 2019

210 Yale Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
US

Phone: 268-0044
Website: Click to Visit

Cost:

$25-$30

Contact:

Outpost

Phone: 505-268-0044
Website: Click to Visit

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Hear a New Orleans brass band-meets-Mardi Gras Indian outfit that radiates the fiery energy of the best features of the city’s street culture.

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“...A grand gumbo of singing, chanting, intoxicating rhythms, and some deep funk grooves that are simply impossible to resist” (PopMatters). Cha Wa – which means “we’re comin’ for ya” in Indian vernacular – is a New Orleans brass band-meets-Mardi Gras Indian outfit that radiates the fiery energy of the best features of the city’s street culture. Nominated for a Grammy award for Best Regional Roots Music Album for their 2018 release Spyboy, the follow up to their debut release, Funk N Feathers, the group was founded by drummer Joe Gelini and also features lead singer J’Wan Boudreaux, whose grandfather, Monk Boudreaux, also known as Big Chief of the Golden Eagles tribe, is the most prominent Mardi Gras Indian today. The band also features the “smooth voiced” vocals of Thaddeus ‘Peanut’ Ramsey, and a four part horn section featuring Joe Maize, Ari Teitel and Clifton ‘Spug’ Smith. Dating back to the late 1800s, the Mardi Gras Indian tradition began when African- American men first marched in Native American dress through the streets of New Orleans on Mardi Gras day. The tradition, which includes a host of songs shared among the various tribes, has been kept alive for over a century and is as vital today as ever. Mardi Gras Indians have influenced the biggest names in New Orleans music including The Meters, Dr. John, the Marsalis family, the Neville Brothers, Trombone Shorty and others.