709 Washington Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701

Red Hot Mardi Gras Party with Boom Unit Brass Band and Ellis Dyson & The Shambles

February 9, 2016  ·  7-11:55pm/NO Cover

They’re here! They’re here! The Durham Mardi Gras 2016 Bands are here! All the details you need to plan your strategy for the hottest Mardi Gras party in central North Carolina is now on our Bands 2016 page! Come out on February 9th, join our parade (or not) – the music starts at Motorco moments after the parade reaches its end and continues on through the night…all for free!
Sidecar Social Club – as soon as the parade arrives
Bulltown Strutters – 9:15

The Pit
MSA Ramblers – 8:15
The Cajammers – 10:00

John Dee Holman – 8:00
Gasoline Stove – 9:30

Blue Note Grill
Boom Unit Brass Band – 8:30
Ellis Dyson & the Shambles – 10:00

The bar Durham
Durham Mardi Gras Drag Show – 10:00


Boom Unit Brass Band
What happens when a whole bunch of the best horns from a whole bunch of the hottest groups around decide to get together and form a group? You get one of the most exciting new bands in the Triangle. The funky, horn driven Boom Unit Brass Band will make you feel like you just arrived in a big ole party somewhere in New Orleans and the roof is about to blow off. This is a band that knows how to get a crowd on their feet and make the floor shake. This gumbo starts off with the modern New Orleans second line, giving Trombone Shorty and Rebirth Brass Band a run for their money. They don’t stop there, however, and you’re likely to hear everything from old school dixieland to rap. Whatever they do, be prepared to party.

Ellis Dyson and the Shambles
Hailing from the great state of North Carolina, Ellis Dyson & The Shambles are blazing a new trail in traditional Appalachian music with their foot-stompin’, jazz-infused whiskey folk. Known for their explosive live shows and thrilling musicianship, the Shambles are sure to make it feel like you’ve been transported to a different time.

It all started when a young Ellis Dyson (banjo, vocals) came to see a jazz concert at UNC. It was on that fateful day that our Southern hero met a New Yorker named Danny Abrams (saxophone). They took this Northern and Southern fusion to the streets in town, playing some of Ellis’ earliest compositions. The band grew one by one, with the blistering speed and jazz prowess of Nathan Huvard (acoustic guitar), the steady thunder and Nashville flair of Ford Garrard (bass fiddle), the fierce growl of the fiery Matt Hall (trumpet), and the dazzling dexterity of Jonathan Ng (fiddle).

The Shambles have taken their traveling circus all throughout North Carolina, from the late night stage at Shakori Hills Music Festival to the Cat’s Cradle Back Room in Carrboro and The Pourhouse in Raleigh.