FAT TUESDAY party w/ Ike’s Mardi Gras band (featuring Ike Stubblefield, June Yamagishi from hit TV show Treme and Papa Grows Funk, Half Dozen Brass Band & more)
Half Dozen Brass Band
Ike Stubblefield's Mardi Gras Band
Feb 12, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Ticket sales ended Feb 13, 2013 3:00 AM. Additional tickets may be available at the box office.
Ike Stubblefield has consistently brought us very talented lineups every night that he plays. For Fat Tuesday, he has absolutely out-done himself with a killer evening of music to celebrate to! Ike’s Mardi Gras Band is led by Ike, who started playing keyboards in 1968, and has performed with such greats as The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, The Tempations, and MORE. Joining him is June Yamagishi (from the hit TV show Treme, and Papa Grows Funk). Supporting Ike’s Mardi Gras Band is Half Dozen Brass Band, the ONLY New Orleans-Style brass band in Athens, GA! Tickets for this show are on sale now, so make sure to grab yours and join us for a fantastic night of music and celebration!
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A handful of Georgia’s most in-demand horn players have come together to form the Half Dozen Brass Band, an ensemble that brings its own unique blend of jazz, hip-hop, funk, and Dixieland to the Classic City. As the only New Orleans-style brass band in Athens, Georgia, Half Dozen Brass Band offers the kind of celebratory music that thrives in the streets of the Big Easy, equally at home on stages or sidewalks.

The group, influenced not only by established brass bands such as Dirty Dozen and Youngblood, also draws inspiration from sources as varied as Dr. John, James Brown, and the Dukes of Dixieland to bring both original tunes and inspired arrangements to life. Active in the music scene of Athens, the HDBB has begun playing more extensively throughout the nation in recent years, and in 2011 made appearances at festivals in Wisconsin and Florida.

The Half Dozen, named for its core of six founding members, was formed in May 2008 by Joshua Cutchin, and was soon voted Flagpole Athens Music Award Winner for “Best Jazz Band.” On February 21, 2012 (Mardi Gras), the Half Dozen’s played to a crowd of 750 people in the Georgia Theatre; on July 4 of that year, they headlined at Red, White, & Boom in Spartanburg, SC, performing for a crowd of 2,500.

Members of the Half Dozen Brass Band have performed in New Orleans and around the country with the likes of Ray Charles, Michael Wagner, Antsy McClain, Maynard Ferguson, The Modern Skirts, Stephanie Nilles, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The O’Jays, Grogus, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Tommy Smothers, Lou Rawls, June Yamagishi, Ike Stubblefield, and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. The ensemble has also collaborated with such Athens talent as Reptar, JazzChronic, George W. Bush Cover Band, Betsy Franck & the Bareknuckle Band, and Lefty Hathaway on both albums and live performances.

The band currently has two studio albums: 2010’s Easy Street as well as Cold Six, released in February 2013.

Cold Six features local Athens jazz icons Rand Lines on piano and Ryan “Manito” Wendel on congas, as well as an arrangement of Song for My Father written especially for the Half Dozen by Dave Eskridge, current horn arranger for Tower of Power. more >>>
Ike Stubblefield started his career in 1968 playing keyboards with the Motown Review greats like The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Rare Earth. Getting back to his roots on Hammond B3 organ in 1970 and with his vast understanding of music and feel, Ike Stubblefield performed live on stage from 1970-1975 with George Benson, B.B. King, Ike and Tina Turner, Curtis Mayfield, Al Green, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, The Jerry Garcia Band, Johnny Adams, Bobby Caldwell, Boz Scaggs, Esther Phillips and The Pointer Sisters, to name a few. During that time, he lived in San Francisco, New York and London.

From 1976-1988 Ike worked as a studio musician, composer, songwriter and producer with such artists as Quincy Jones, Phil Spector, Jim Capaldi, Wendy Waldman, Larry Lee, Michael O’Hara, Allan Rich, Tom Whitlock, Allan Blazek, Bill Szymczyk, Giorgio Moroder, Tracie Spencer All while perfecting his Mini Moog Techniques from his mentor George Duke... Ike was scoring music for films and T.V.: Best of the Best (1989) with Eric Roberts, James Earl Jones and Sally Kirkland, as well as Summer Job, in addition to commercials and countless shows for the BBC and CBC.

In 1990, Ike moved to Vancouver, Canada and helped start a great music scene with The Purple Onion, a huge two-story warehouse club with three separate music venue rooms, where he performed with his band, Is Not Was, and booked the rooms with other top Canadian and international artists. The Purple Onion is still going strong today. In 1995, he moved to Seattle, re-forming his band, Is Not Was, a Hammond B3 organ quartet, that performed at Jazz Alley and other main event venues throughout Seattle and Portland.

Ike decided to move back to his roots - Toledo and Detroit – in 1997 to help out the local music scene. After winning Two "People Choice Awards" for Jazz and R&B... He opened a club called Yikes Supper Club in his Toledo hometown, where he brought all of his years of experience together. He called on his pals to help launch it, including Rodney Dangerfield, who came for the grand opening. During its first year, organ greats Jack McDuff, [Joey De Francesco] and Jimmy McGriff, as well as such other stellar performers as Jenna Mammina and Dave McMurray performed at the club.

In 2001, after running a club and trying to stay active in the music business became a bit too much, he moved to Atlanta, where he found a home at Café 290, a jazz hot spot in Sandy Springs. Bringing the Hammond B3 sound back to Atlanta, Ike was greeted with open arms, performing at Variety Playhouse, The Roxy, The Dogwood Festival, and working with Sonny Emory, Sam Skelton, Count M'Butu, The Derek Trucks Band, Jeff Sipe, Caroline Aiken, Jimmy Herring, Col. Bruce Hampton, Bobby Lee Rodgers, The Codetalkers, Francine Reed and Susan Tedeschi.

In 2004 Ike went back to Europe for an extended tour of Germany, Spain, France and England, as well as recording with and producing various artists throughout the continent. He returned to Atlanta in 2005 and was inducted into the city’s downtown Hard Rock Café location’s Hall of Fame with the first Hammond B3 on display on a wall in any Hard Rock Café worldwide. He also filled in for Billy Preston on organ during Eric Clapton’s winter European tour.

In 2005 Ike also met David Neel, owner of a new club called The Blue Room, located in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. The two soon joined forces to create the only Hammond B3 venue on the East Coast outside of New York City to showcase the art of the Hammond B3 organ.with his Pal's Joey De Francesco,Jimmy McGriff, John Medeski,Brian Auger The Blue Room features live music Monday through Saturday, with the official grand opening on March 24 and 25 featuring legendary drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie and the Groove Masters (Reuben Wilson on Hammond B3 organ and Grant Green Jr.] on guitar). Ike and David also created an "All Star Hit" (jam session) at The Blue Room on Monday nights, where Hammond B3 meets grand piano on a full back line stage, where all styles of music are welcome and old school networking can help bring the music scene in Atlanta closer together.

In 2010, after recording Organ & Keyboards on 9 tracks in a Cee Lo Green recording session... Ike is re-inventing himself, drawing on his 47 years in the music business. Combining his roots with musicians and Artist like Sonny Emory, Jeff Sipe, Marcus Williams, Little John Roberts, J.Fly and Yonrico Scott as his first choice of drummers in Atlanta, he is also collaborating with Jeff Coffin and Freddy V. on sax; Grant Green Jr.,Jimmy Herring,Bob Sabellico and Derek Scott on guitars; plus Oteil Burbridge and Felix Pastorius on bass to help kick start his new CD. Slated for the top of 2011, Ike will also be adding his B3 Organ, Keyboards,Old School Moog Techniques and yes, VOCALS(!) to the mix. Ike Stubblefield can be found performing live with all of the above worldwide.

Having Fun with a B3 & Drums Duo or B3 Power Trio, his dedication to keeping the true Hammond B3 sound alive stays Strong.... more >>>
Ticket Prices

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Event Schedule

Half Dozen Brass Band

8:00 PM

Ike Stubblefield's Mardi Gras Band

9:30 PM