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Stephanie Chen

There’s a problem: You want to hear great music and startcelebrating Mardi Gras right now, but Krewe de Vieux isn’t untiltomorrow. Your solution is closer than you might think: Friday at4, TUCP presents TGI Mardi Gras on the Lavin-Bernick Center quad,an afternoon featuring Jacuzzi Boys followed by King Khan and theShrines.

The aptly named Jacuzzi Boys serve as the perfect start to thecarnival season. A garage rock band from Miami, they write the kindof songs that permeate triumphant summers, played at full volumewith the car top down. Their lyrics have the grit of sticky summerafternoons but with a polish that makes it clear they haven’tplayed an empty garage show in quite some time.

Glazin’, their sophomore album, features sundrenched melodieswith a retro nod. “Cool Vapors,” the album’s first single, is ahigh-energy track with a youthful sneer and brash confidence barelyconcealed beneath fast and heavy guitars. It’s exuberant trackslike this that’ll force listeners to their feet.

Headlining Friday’s concert, however, is King Khan and theShrines, a group that is sure to be the highlight of the night,bringing their fearless show antics and retro, tripped-out sound tothe unsuspecting baby grass blades of the LBC quad. Frontman King”Bama Lama” Khan is as well-traveled as the Mongol leader to whichhis name pays homage. Born to Indian immigrants in Montreal, Canadahe then moved to Berlin and toured extensively in Europe. Backed bythe Sensational Shrines, a psych-soul big band, King Khan is allabout big, catchy beats laced with unabashed nostalgia and songsthat are a combination of blues, garage punk and psychedelic rockon steroids. Be sure to expect a high-spirited show, withoutlandish outfits, crazy stage antics, and much dancing.

Catch Jacuzzi Boys and King Khan and the Shrines for free Fridayon the LBC Quad with Lagniappe Brass Band, Blue Party and BigHistory.


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