Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8 pm; Show at 8:30 pm
Tickets are $12
The Funky Gators challenge you to wear a better Halloween costume than those of the bandmembers! This is the big holiday Halloween Party of your favorite Cajun, zydeco and R&B dance tunes plus some Halloween standards done Funky Gators-style. The Gators are music veterans whose credits include many of the most popular local bands of the past couple of decades. They take zydeco and mix in some R&B and funk flavor while still keeping the tempos that dancers love. The Funky Gators play zydeco hits by Boozoo Chavis, Rosie Ledet, and others, plus Motown classics such as “Heatwave” and “Walking the Dog.”
Along with rubboard player and lead singer Myrna, the band is accordion player Dana Mandell, guitarist Ian Lamson, drummer Rasheed Wedlow, and tonight’s special guest bassist Dennis Calloway. Myrna was a star in Gator Beat, and after that band’s leader Richie Domingue died several years ago, she retired from the zydeco scene. But after much coaxing from fans, she and Mandell put together the Funky Gators. Myrna’s many years of R&B experience combines with Mandell’s zydeco dance knowledge to create a sound that R&B listeners enjoy and that also keeps zydeco dancers out on the floor.