Eight years ago three kids at Blue Mountain School started a band as a school project. Five years ago those same three kids opened the first ever Floyd Mardi Gras—a fundraiser for the same school at which they played their very first chords together. Every year since those same three kids have performed at the event. THIS year, those three kids have graduated to be the headline act at Floyd’s premier party.
These three kids go by the name of Spoon Fight, and have developed quite a name for themselves locally for their bluesy alternative grooves. But this won’t be any regular Spoon Fight set: it will be loaded with special guests, culminating in an all-star jam guaranteed to have every foot tapping and every booty shaking.
If only all graduation parties were this much fun.
Not that the tempo will be dropping much at any point of the evening, with two great opening acts aiming to warm up the dance floor for the headliners. Floyd’s Time Is Art have spent the past few years making cosmic reggaebilly a very real and danceable thing, while The Fat Catz are rapidly earning a solid following for their jazz-filled dance jams. Dance outfit Gyroscopic return as well, to ensure the eyes are entertained as well as the ears. And coming loaded with the good luck and even better love, MC Shamama will be there to bring the vision to fruition.
And as always, there’ll be prizes (including Chef’s Choice for Two at Mickey G’s), a silent auction (featuring, among other things, Emily Williamson’s original poster artwork), beer from Parkway Brewing Company and a special Mardi Gras menu from the Pine Tavern Restaurant. And of course the night’s highlight: the crowning of Floyd’s Mardi Gras King and Queen.
And just around the corner, at Blue Mountain School, you can bring your kids for the Kiddy Gras Pajama Party! Tickets are only available online in advance, and are strictly limited!
And get home safe by carpooling with a Designated Driver. Designated drivers get discount tickets, and all the free soda and Buffalo Mountain Kombucha they can drink. (No alcohol, though!). Or forget the drive altogether with a Stay & Dine Package from Pine Tavern Lodge, featuring accommodation, a meal for two, plus two Mardi Gras tickets for just $90!
Doors at the Pine Tavern open at 6:30pm on Friday, February 13th. Tickets are available now at Republic of Floyd, Blue Mountain School, Black Water Loft, and online via www.bluemountainschool.net.