Fat Tuesday Party w/Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials with Ronnie Baker Brooks, plus Brother John and Roy Rubinstein's Chicago Hot Six

Tue, Feb 12 2013, 6:00pm - $15

A lot of folks consider FitzGerald's the closest thing in the Midwest to the Crescent City itself, and we always try to make Mardi Gras night a party to remember with music, food, hurricanes and lots of beads!  "Festival" Tom Cimms will be on hand with Louisiana specialites including jambalya, gumbo and classic NOLA po'boys.

This year's Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras celebration also is a benefit for Tim Betts, C.J. Chenier's guitar player and a good friend of FitzGerald's, who has suffered medical issues over the past year; a portion of the door proceeds will be used to offset his bills.

LIL' ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS (9:30 p.m.): Mixing smoking slide guitar boogie and raw-boned Chicago shuffles with the deepest slow-burners, Lil' Ed and his blistering Blues Imperials — bassist "Pookie" Young, guitarist Mike Garrett and drummer Kelly Littleton — deliver the blues, from gloriously riotous and rollicking to intensely emotional and moving.

As a special treat on this special night, Lil' Ed welcomes guest RONNIE BAKER BROOKS, son of blues great Lonnie Brooks.  Ronnie's unique mix of Chicago blues, funk and rock has packed the house at FitzGerald's on many a Saturday night!

BROTHER JOHN (8 p.m.): John Kattke, a.k.a. Brother John, is a vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist. His back-up band usually consists of drums, bass, trumpet and tenor sax. Repertoire ranges from classic rock, New Orleans, Latin, R&B, blues, swing and instrumental jazz, etc.

ROY RUBINSTEIN'S CHICAGO HOT 6 (6-8 p.m. in the club, with a final set at 8:15 in the SideBar): The evening begins with traditional jazz that says New Orleans through and through. With Roy Rubinstein on trombone, Sarah Spencer on tenor saxophone, John Skillman on clarinet, John Kuncl on banjo, Art Hovey on bass and Mike Albiniak on drums. The repertoire includes standards, as well as little-known numbers.