Durham Mardi Gras: The Wiley Fosters / Coleslaw
February 13, 2018 · Tuesday * 8pm * NO Cover
Durham Mardi Gras takes the best of New Orleans’ tradition and adds a big helping of North Carolina flavor since 2011.
8:15 – 9:30
The Wiley Fosters
The Wiley Fosters formed in 2010. They are named in tribute to their great friend Mr Tater The Music Maker (née Foster Wiley) of Clarksdale, Mississippi. The Wiley Fosters began as the house band at Zog’s Pool Hall in Chapel Hill, building up their set and their sound. Since 2014, they have been in residency at Mystery Brewing Company Public House in Hillsborough, NC.
The Wiley Fosters try and live up to the example that the real Foster Wiley set by always having new members, new instrumentation, and new songs. As Mr. Tater famously said in his “Music Maker” documentary, “I make people happy… and I never play the same song twice neither.”
The Wiley Fosters don’t charge tickets at the door. The Wiley Fosters aren’t trying to sell you music. The Wiley Fosters want to make you dance and have a good time. Check it in, check it out!
10 – 11:15
Coleslaw came to be when longtime friends Chis Knotts and Jody Boyce met veteran bass player, Daryl White, up in Virginia around the Claytor Lake area. While picking some tunes by a bonfire, the trio realized quickly that there was chemistry in the way they played together. Drummer Stephen Riddle, a longtime friend of Chris and Jody, was soon incorporated as the 4th ingredient to the Coleslaw mix.
Coleslaw has had some lineup changes over the last year. Stephen left for a two year job-related stay in Dallas at the beginning of 2016 with Johnny Wall Jr taking over drumming duties. We also got a new Stephen – mandolinist Stephen Beck, also from Hillsborough, joined in 2016 and has begun contributing his amazing mandolin and vocal talents, plus original songwriting to the group. Jody took a break from the band in late 2016, and our friend Gary Larson stepped in to contribute his banjo talents. Hillsborough multi-instrumentalist and local arts giant Jim Adams also joined at the end of 2016 as featured percussionist. Allison Zirkel wields a dual-edged sword of talent with her skills on the saxophone and saw. Brother Ben Zirkel blows a mean trumpet to lend some real texture and punch. Meighan Carmichael’s beautiful vocals and percussion tie it all together.
Today the nine Coleslaw “ingredients” taste SO good to your ears. Please do not eat the band.