Big Al Carson at the Funky Pirate

Posted: March 4, 2008 in music
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This popular Bourbon Street destination is famous for two things: Big Al Carson and the hand grenade. Big Al is the 500-pound urban blues king who, along with his band the Blues Masters, owns the musical genre in the Quarter. The hand grenade is the Pirate’s signature drink: a mysterious and potent rum-and-vodka combination that has become nearly as popular as New Orleans’ signature drink, the Hurricane.

Check out Frommer’s Review from the New York Times …….
Decorated to resemble a pirate’s lair, the Funky Pirate lives up to its name — especially the “funky” part. The Pirate is as far from urbane modern jazz as you can get, so there’s no chance you’ll confuse it with the Funky Butt, should the latter ever return. The place seems to be perpetually full of loud beer drinkers, and at night it can get jampacked. “Big” Al Carson and the Blues Masters hold court here playing live blues, and Big Al lives up to his name — especially the “big” part.

So here’s a taster to get you going ……

Got my Mojo workin’

For some more Big Al check out also these “official” videos.

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