The Mystick Krewe of Laff 28th ANNUAL MARDI GRAS BASH - Speakeasy in the Big Easy Feat. Bonerama & Big Shoulders Brass Band - 2/22/20 - SOLD OUT - WAIT LIST AVAILABLE

The Mystick Krewe of Laff 28th ANNUAL MARDI GRAS BASH - Speakeasy in the Big Easy Feat. Bonerama & Big Shoulders Brass Band - 2/22/20 - SOLD OUT - WAIT LIST AVAILABLE

Saturday, February 22 2020 6:00 PM Doors / 8:00 PM Start


General Admission

Sat Feb 22 2020

The Mystick Krewe of Laff 28th ANNUAL MARDI GRAS BASH - Speakeasy in the Big Easy Feat. Bonerama & Big Shoulders Brass Band - 2/22/20 - SOLD OUT - WAIT LIST AVAILABLE

at City Winery Chicago

6:00 PM
8:00 PM






The Mystick Krewe of Laff 28th Annual Mardi Gras Bash - Speakeasy in the Big Easy featuring Bonerama & Big Shoulders Brass Band

**This is a general admission event with plenty of dance space and first-come, first-served seating. All paid admission includes a buffet of New Orleans cuisine!**

The annual Krewe of Laff Mardi Gras Bash is the biggest Mardi Gras event in Chicago. This year’s theme is "Speakeasy in the Big Easy," so wear your most fabulous prohibition era-themed costumes and show your Mardi Gras spirit!

Ticket includes New Orleans-style eats.
Cash bar features Mardi Gras specialty drinks!

Founded in 1992, the Mystick Krewe of Laff Social Aid and Pleasure Club is Chicago's premier Mardi Gras krewe, dedicated to supporting and promoting the arts, culture, and traditions of New Orleans and other social causes in both NOLA and Chicago.

Experience an authentic Mardi Gras gala right here in Chicago, complete with music, NOLA-themed food and drink, beads, and second line parade! Attendees can expect to dance the night away to two lively bands: New Orleans’ favorite trombone powerhouse Bonerama, and Chicago’s own Big Shoulders Brass Band.

And don’t miss the legendary raffle! The proceeds will benefit the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic, which provides comprehensive health care to New Orleans musicians, performers, cultural workers, and tradition bearers and their families, regardless of ability to pay.

Bonerama has always been hailed as "unlike anything you've ever heard before”.

It’s the best way to describe this 20-year-old powerhouse touring band from New Orleans, LA. In addition to changing the way people think about the trombone, the sound of Bonerama has become an influence and contribution to the sound of New Orleans music today. With newer acts such as Trombone Shorty and Big Sam’s Funky Nation on the national music scene, it’s New Orleans that has benefited with a newfound reputation as being a bonafide "Trombone Town". These bands all carry the trombone like the trophy it truly is in New Orleans. Bonerama helped cement this in present day New Orleans music culture.

The band has performed and recorded with countless national artists such as R.E.M., OK Go, Tom Morello, Wayne Kramer (MC5), Jill Sobule and so many more, all while bringing their distinctive sounds from New Orleans to a national spotlight. Festivals and events such as Monterey Jazz Fest to High Sierra Music Festival, Jam Cruise, Bear Creek Festival and of course the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival outline some of the extensive festival work this band is involved with. National television appearances on CBS (Late Show with David Letterman), HBO (Comic Relief, Treme) and CNN has further exposed Bonerama to a wide range of unsuspecting new viewers. 

“I never knew the trombone could do that.” -Audience members everywhere. 

While enduring lineup changes, member displacement, tragedy and loss over the years, the song for Bonerama has remained the same; being centered around their beloved trombone, city, and culture while striving for greatness with a fun spirit. 

Whether it’s their inventive covers or funky, rocking originals, rest assured, Bonerama will take you on your most memorable RIDE ON THE SLIDE! 

The new studio album “Bonerama Plays Zeppelin” in 2019 on Basin Street Records and was a top seller at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Louisiana Music Factory during the festival.

This is Bonerama’s seventh major release after Live at the Old Point (2001), LIVE From New York (2004), Bringing It Home (2007), You Are Not Alone (2008, OKGo and Bonerama), Hard Times (2009), Shake It Baby (2013), Hot Like Fire (2017).

In addition to being their debut release on Basin Street Records, the album features some fantastic robust and colorful packaging created by New Orleans artist and beloved musician Molly Reeves. 

Bonerama -- now in their 20th year of changing the way you think about the trombone and New Orleans Music.

Bonerama is:
Mark Mullins – Trombone / Lead Vocals and band co-founder 
Craig Klein – Trombone / Lead Vocals and band co-founder 
Greg Hicks – Trombone / Vocals
Bert Cotton – Guitar 
Matt Perrine – Sousaphone / Electric Bass 
Walter Lundy – Drums