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Big Sam's Funky Nation to Play Jorgensen, 2/28

Big Sam's Funky Nation to Play Jorgensen, 2/28

If you can't get to the Big Easy for Mardi Gras, let it come to you. Big Sam's Funky Nation will preside over a pre-Mardi Gras dance party on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, in Jorgensen's award-winning Cabaret in Storrs. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for food and cash bar, and the funk will start at 8 p.m.

Big Sam Williams and his Funky Nation is "tight enough (and hot enough) to turn coal into a diamond," exclaims Ryan White of the Oregonian. The band is a driving force of urban funk led by the renowned New Orleans trombone powerhouse.

Williams was once the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. The San Francisco Chronicle calls him "the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz." He regularly appeared on the HBO Original Series Treme, the post-Katrina character study of New Orleans that ended in a fourth season late last year. Williams and other Big Easy talents contributed to a portrait of a place that was as much about music as cuisine and culture, power and corruption.

In 2006, Williams played with Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint on their Grammy-nominated The River in Reverse album and subsequent international tour.

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