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East Van Mardi Gras @ WISE Hall
March 9 @ 8:00 pm - 11:59 pm$20
The Big Easy Funk Ensemble (BEFE) celebrates its 5th with EAST VAN MARDI GRAS at The WISE Hall Saturday March 9th! Trad Jazz group Terminal City Brass Band and burlesque performers Melody Mangler and Gidget Gravedigger will open the show. Big Easy Funk Ensemble (BEFE) came together for a 2014 Vancouver Mardi Gras party, and by the end of the show both the musicians and the audience knew that this band had to continue. Five years and dozens of shows throughout BC later, BEFE has rocked clubs, parties and the summer festival circuit, developing a large repertoire of NOLA talent – everything from Louis Armstrong to the Dirty Dozen Brass Band to Allen Toussaint to Dumpstaphunk.
Featuring the incredible Chris Berry (Slow Nerve Action, Jackfruit) on lead vocals, a rocksolid rhythm section, and killer horns, BEFE is comprised of Vancouver’s best funk, rock and jazz trained session musicians including current and former members of Redeye Empire, Freeflow, Five Alarm Funk, and Rude City Riot.
Terminal City Brass Band features traditional and contemporary New Orleans-style brass band music with a healthy dose of funk and honk.
Melody Mangler is the current artistic director of Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society, cofounder of the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival as well as a member of Sweet Soul Burlesque. Melody is a regular competitor at the The Burlesque Hall of Fame in the Queen category after her victory in the Best Debut category in 2009. Miss Mangler is a headline performer across the world being featured in shows and festivals from Australia to New York and everywhere in between. This tattooed fireball incorporates dance, comedy and singing into a variety of stunning acts that range from classic striptease to dark Gorelesque to the downright silly.
East Van Mardi Gras will take place at the WISE Hall (1882 Adanac, at Victoria), Saturday March 9th, doors at 8pm. Tickets at https://bigeasyfunkensemble.brownpapertickets.com Tickets: $15 advance, $20 doors. Follow Big Easy Funk Ensemble on social media! @bigeasyfunkensemble on Facebook and Instagram, @bigeasyfunk on Twitter. www.befe.ca YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXVt9Ty5k2D7mAlhy6MgBcQ