Where to Get Funky in Denver This Mardi Gras

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Mardi Gras is upon us. Fat Tuesday officially occurs next Tuesday, February 9, but the celebrations will heat up starting this weekend. Though jambalaya, King Cakes and hurricanes are part of the fun, the soul of Carnival season is found in the music. We've rounded up the best bets for live music in Denver to help you let the good times roll and overindulge your ears. 

5. Gumbo le Funque, Ophelia's Electric Soapbox
New Orleans-style funk band Gumbo le Funque will kick off Mardi Gras weekend with a celebration of the release of its newest album PowerLoveFreedom at Ophelia's Electric Soapbox on Saturday, February 6. The Krewe of Baloo joins them for the Mardi Gras celebration and parade. 

4. MarchFourth! Marching Band, Vail Village
Enjoying the fresh powder this weekend? CarniVail begins this Saturday with the “World’s Highest Low-Country Crawfish Boil." Portland-based national touring ensemble MarchFourth! Marching Band tops off the celebration at Vail Village Concert Stage on Mardi Gras proper with their funky circus musical and acrobatics extravaganza. 

3. Ginga, Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret
Boulder-based samba band Ginga will bring their combination of bossa nova, forro and Brazilian jazz to Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret on the 16th Street Mall on Tuesday, February 9, beginning at 8 p.m. Bella Diva Dance's samba dancers will also perform. 

2. Grupo Chegando La, Aji Restaurant, Boulder
Grupo Chegando La
takes the stage at Boulder’s Aji Restaurant for a Brazilian Fat Tuesday party featuring samba dancing, all-you-can-eat food and a “Build Your Own Caipirhina” station. 

1. Tommy Trahan & the Blue Krewe, Bayou Bob's
Bayou Bob's Denver will be hosting a Mardi Gras party with drink and food specials and music provided by New Orleans-style funk/blues band Tommy Trahan & the Blue Krewe.  

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.