The Mardi Gras Street Party will take place Saturday, February 9th, 2013 from 12pm to 6pm.
On the Stage
12pm – 3pm The Fabulous Clams
The Clams play everything from festivals and holiday functions, to corporate events and intimate house parties. ”We are proud that all of our band members were born and raised in Savannah or have lived here at least 30 years. There’s a very real connection and chemistry when when get on stage!” says band leader Jeff Beasley.The Fabulous Clams are Savannah’s premiere variety party band. Their music is a melting pot of sound with all the flavors of New Orleans music, R & B, Funk, Swing, Blues, Reggae and more. Their sound is best described as “the sound of the lowcountry”!
The band members include James “Jiggy” Moody on sax, Mike Perry on bass, “Rockin’” Scott Alexander on piano, Jason “Cuddles” Ussery on drums and Jeff Beasley on guitar.
On the Streets
Mardi Gras Tybee has entertainment literally on every corner this year! Take a stroll down Butler and Tybrisa and check out some amazing acts.
Angela Beasley’s Puppet People
For 40 years Angela Beasley has loved making puppets. As a talented artist, Beasley first fell in love with her new hobby because it taught her a new medium – clay sculpture. Today, Angela no longer uses clay to make her puppets, instead she uses soft and light materials to create life sized characters. These characters which have almost become part of her family are no longer a hobby, but a very successful business. She’s traveled the country performing her shows for thousands of people, and now buses full of tourists and locals alike are coming to her Savannah studios to see her hilarious puppet shows. http://puppetpeople.com
Aaron Matthews – musician
Aaron Matthew, raised in middle Georgia, is a current resident to Savannah. He got his first gig playing music for coffee at a local café when he was eighteen, and nearly six years later his musical journey continues to unfold. As a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, Aaron draws his influences from a variety of styles and genres including everything from 1920’s jazz and old timey bluegrass to funk, soul, hip-hop, rock, reggae, and blues. He has had many musical projects along the way most notably his Savannah based trio funk and blues band JellyFish Destruction. In 2012, Aaron toured the Dominican Republic soaking up the sun, culture, and new rhythmic influences. Aaron performs original music and eclectic cover songs. His performances are mixed between somber, sweet, acoustical sets to energetically groovy jams that highlight his unique riffing and lyrical abilities. Referring to his music he replies: “I am always learning, progressing, and trying to change and evolve. My lyrics are intended to express and provoke colorful imagery with conscious awareness to the entire cyclical spectrum of being.” Aaron is currently performing in the southeast US as a solo artist, and experimenting with new musical projects and recording.
Bend Out A Shape Balloons
Lynnae Weller is a Balloon Twister Extraordinaire! She started with a small balloon twisting kit over 10 years ago, and has turned into a balloonatic! In 2012, Lynnae won the well-respected Balloon Blast Video contest. She regularly performs throughout the Live Oaks Public Library system. She also enjoys doing birthday parties that entertain children and adults alike. http://bendoutashape.blogspot.com
Join Alonzo and JaeLynn of Savannah Ballroom for a free Zydeco dance lesson at 4pm
Alonzo Boschulte After years of training, Alonzo knows the only challenge in dancing is finding the right instruction. Having been a professional teacher for over 12 years, he has learned the patience and skills to carry a student from their first step on the dance floor to whirling through the ballroom. He still remembers the courage it took to step on the dance floor and the process that brought him to own it. Now, being registered with the National Dance Council as a certified teacher of ballroom dancing and as a professional competitor, he has made the teaching of dance his life’s passion.
JaeLynn Fulks JaeLynn followed her passion for ballroom dancing in 2004 when she signed up for a salsa class. Although she has her M.Ed. in Aerospace, she quickly realized her calling and started her dancing career in 2005. Although a native of Tennessee, she is well known in the Savannah dance community. She is certified through the National Dance Council of America as a professional competitor and is known for her fun and carefree personality!