A Taste of a True Louisiana Tradition in the Triangle
I love Mardi Gras, It’s one of favorite days of the year to celebrate good food, good drinks and good fun with good friends. I missed the Papa Mojo’s Mardi Gras celebration last year and I swore up and down from here to New Orleans that I would not miss it again this year.
Having hung out at Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse since they opened 3 years ago, I’ve had the great pleasure of getting to know Mel Melton and “krewe” along with some of the regulars, and this year we’re going to bring down the house.
If you’re planning on coming out, and I know you are, here are some of the things you need to know.
Mardi Gras kicks off Saturday March 5th with Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojo’s taking the stage. If you haven’t been out to see Mel play, then break out them dancing shoes and come boogie. The band is one of those that just set the mood and beat for kicking up the heels.
Tuesday Papa Mojo’s will open at 11am with food and drink specials running all day. Also playing during the day will be the Les Blank films about Mardi Gras “Always for Pleasure” and “Hot Pepper: The Life and Music of Clifton Chenier” to get you ready for the night-time festivities.
Mardi Gras tickets are $10 each and go on sale at 5pm Tuesday evening and will be on a first come first serve basis. This year Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse is also offering advance VIP ticket sales. Tickets are $40 and include a ticket (no lines for you), complimentary beverage, VIP seating and a special breakfast buffet. The breakfast buffet begins at 11:30pm and includes eggs, sausage, bacon, grits, homefries, fruit, bisquits and of course beignet’s.
A full menu will be available in the restaurant, while in the banquet hall guests can get down with a shrimp boil, complete with corn and potatoes.
At 6 pm The Bull Town Strutters will be leading the “The Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse Krewe” as they parade through the courtyard into the banquet hall next door for a set of rollicking New Orleans street songs. Following the Bull Town Strutters, the one man guitar slinger, Justin & Nikki will have you wondering how he gets that much sound out of one instrument.
“We are honored to have E Train & the Rusted Nails join us this year,” says Mel. “They just came back from the International Blues Competition in Memphis, where they competed for best new blues band in the world.” Headlining with a hot new CD, the notorious Jim Quick & Coastline come touring through to make this a Mardi Gras extraordinaire.
As added attractions, New Orleans artists will be offering caricature portraits, and a hoop dancer will keep you entertained.
It is not mandatory to dress up, but there will be some great prizes for those that do and enter the costume contest. First prize are two tickets to one of Mel’s cooking classes, Second prize is a $40 gift certificate to Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse and third prize is a copy of Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos CD and a t-shirt.
So get down to Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse and enjoy a true Mardi Gras party, South Louisiana style.