Jazzing up the Saville for Mardi Gras

Aubrey Brewer

At 8 p.m. on Fat Tuesday, Feb 12, music lovers gathered at Saville Theatre to attend a live recording of Madam LeRoux and Krewe’s performance for Jazz 88.3. This session was broadcasted worldwide.

The set was composed of different music varieties including rhythm and blues, swamp, blues, and boogie. What really made her music unique and fun to listen to was how all of her songs were about the different elements of Mardi Gras, whether it be about attending the parade and catching a variety of goodies that were thrown out or about the comfort foods that are a major factor of what New Orleans has to offer.

At times during the performance when there were instrument solos, Madame LeRoux would bring out some beads and throw them to those willing to try and catch them, which turned out to be everyone in the theater.

The charismatic singer even posed for those taking pictures during the performance and then continued tossing out beads.

There were a multitude of attendees who even dressed up wearing decorative masks, feather boas, bead necklaces with various designs, and homemade hats. These listeners were chosen to dance on stage for the closing song “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Some twirled their boas in the air, some couples danced off to the side, and some marched in place while passionately singing along to the song.

The mixture of songs, dancing, and stories about New Orleans really captured the true spirit of Mardi Gras.

For more information about Jazz 88.3, other jazz events going on in local areas, and artists featured on their radio, go to jazz88.org.

For more information on Madam LeRoux and Krewe, visit madamelerouxkrewe.homestead.com.