Casselberry celebrates in New Orleans style at the 1stAnnual Mardi Gras Music Festival on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 5-9 p.m. at Lake Concord Park. The Subdudes headline first ever Mardi Gras Festival on Feb. 17; dog parade part of festivity too
The Subdudes, famous for roots rock out of New Orleans, will headline the first ever Mardi Gras Music Festival in Casselberry at Lake Concord Park on Saturday, Feb. 17. The foursome, formed in 1987, blends zydeco music, folk, swamp pop, R&B, blues and country with their harmonic vocals. The band these days consist of original members Tommy Malone (vocals/guitar), John Magnie (vocals/keyboards) and Steve Amedee (vocals/percussion) and then Tim Cook (vocals/percussion) who joined in 2014. Central Florida residents might remember that Malone played a solo performance at Earthfest 2015. The Subdudes came together after backing artists such as Joni Mitchell and Roseanne Cash and released its first album in 1989. Now 10 albums later, the group is ready to showcase their love of a mix of covers and originals for the city’s first Mardi Gras event. Opening this free Mardi Gras Music Festival will be local favorite, Beth McKee, a singer/songwriter/pianist/accordion player and former member of the popular New Orleans country-cajun band Evangeline. Recently selected by Orlando Weekly as one of the 14 musicians that are reshaping the Orlando music scene, Beth McKee's New Orleans roots will shine when she brings her "Funky Time" band (Juan Perez, Gerry Wilhelm and Grant Peyton). The festival will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a host of activities before The Subdudes take the stage. There will be a huge Mardi Paws Parade with dogs and owners decorated in Mardi Gras colors. There will be a $5 entry fee with prizes for various categories. There also will be food trucks of that region and a night of wonder with vendor and artist booths.