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Tipitina’s hosts Super Sunday Showdown and 6th annual Black and Gold Kickoff Party in support of NOMAF Bo Dollis, Sr. Memorial Fund, Sept. 19

Written by  Karen Lozinski
Uptown meets downtown in a showdown put together in homage to Super Sunday Mardi Gras Indian traditions, and as a means to raise money for the New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation (NOMAF) Bo Dollis, Sr. Memorial Fund.  The show and spectacle are scheduled for September 19th, 2015 at 9PM at Tipitina’s, and includes The Wild Magnolias, The 79rs Gang, The Creole Hunters, Mystikal, Kermit Ruffins, “Big Sam” Williams, Mia X, and The Pinettes Brass Band (Red Bull Street King competition winners, 2013).  Special guest Rockin’ Dopsie also will be on hand, and Chuck Perkins is in charge of MC duties.
The proceeds from the show go to the Bo Dollis, Sr. Memorial Fund, which has been established by the Dollis family and the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic (NOMC) to ease financial burdens of active, masking Mardi Gras Indians in times of dire need.  Indians personally finance the production of their suits and the cultural spectacle beloved by many, much of which is accomplished for the sheer love of community and tradition, and offered to the public and fans for free.  Indians must complete an application process and receive the approval of the fund’s advisory board, which consists of LaToya Cantrell, New Orleans City Councilmember for District B, Big Chief Tyrone Casby of the Mohawk Hunters, Big Queen Laurita Dollis of the Wild Magnolias and President of the Queens’ Council, and Big Chief Otto DeJean of the Hard Head Hunters.
In addition to the party and show, a silent auction will aid in fundraising and includes items such as Bo Dollis, Sr., and Bo Dollis, Jr.’s custom stage jackets, photos of Bo Dollis, Sr., donated by the family, a Todd Lannan print of Big Queen Laurita Dollis, 79rs Gang LPs, and custom-made purses, with a more comprehensive list available closer to the show date.
“It was a dream of my father’s to have a resource for Mardi Gras Indians, just like the fund we’ve set up with the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic,” says Big Chief Bo Dollis, Jr. “It is truly a humbling experience to see people come together in my dad’s name and in support of the culture.”
Attendees have the option of purchasing a VIP experience for the show, which provides access to the private, upstairs balcony at Tipitina’s and complimentary buffet-style food catered by Chef James, Chief of the Young Brave Hunters.
Other food options available outside the venue are Tummy Rub Barbecue and Bittles with the Vittles.  Darren West, also known as Bittles and proprietor and chef of the latter, offers a wide range of smoked and grilled meats, vegetables, and stuffed salmon.
While Big Chief Jermaine Bossier of The 79rs Gang is enthused to play the event at Tipitinas’s, he also emphasizes that the simultaneous preservation and growth of the culture is now on the shoulders of the current generation of masking Indians:
“Just performing at Tip’s is a big deal—Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, and so many greats have been on that stage.  So for my band to perform there is a great honor for us. This show will be epic.  If people really want to see a good Mardi Gras Indian show, this is their chance.  The 79rs Gang is really different from the rest.  Our songs are new, and it’s the young generation’s time to take this culture to another level.”
Tickets may be purchased in advance for $15, or day-of-show for $17.  VIP packages are available for $35.
About the NOMAF Big Chief Bo Dollis Donor Advised Fund
Established by The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Assistance Foundation in 2015 in honor of Big Chief Bo Dollis, Sr. The fund exists to sustain the wellbeing of NOMC patients who are masking Mardi Gras Indians.  To donate, or for more information, please visit the website.
Last modified on Wednesday, 09 September 2015
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