It’s Family Gras time: David Batiste & The Gladiators play at 5:30pm, Excalibur rolls at 7:30pm
METAIRIE, La. — Grammy award winners Cyndi Lauper, Michael McDonald and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee John Oates will perform on this year’s Family Gras stage, during the annual celebration presented by the Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The curtain will rise on the 11th edition of Family Gras on Friday, February 2nd at 5:30 p.m. and the party continues Saturday, February 3rd. Doors open at 5 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Because February 4 is Super Bowl Sunday, Family Gras organizers have limited this year’s concert festival to two days rather than the usually-scheduled three days of music. There are no parades planned for Super Bowl Sunday in Jefferson Parish.
Friday is Louisiana night. David Batiste & The Gladiators will kick off Family Gras at 5:30 on Friday, February 2. The group, formed by David Batiste and his brothers in 1962, is a funk and soul band with an international following. The band was launched as talent show winners at Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater. David was also the keyboard sensation for the Meters and performed on Saturday Night Live in 1977. They will be followed by Deacon John and the Ivories. New Orleans legend and favorite Deacon John Moore is an inductee into the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame.
Saturday begins with The Imagination Movers.They will be followed by Remedy, a group of local teenagers who intermingle original compositions with classic, contemporary and alternative rock covers.
The national headliners begin with John Oates, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and one half of the duo Hall & Oates.
Following Oates will be five-time Grammy winning artist Michael McDonald. McDonald is an American singer, songwriter, keyboardist and record producer whose career spans more than 45 years. After perfecting his craft as a studio musician, he became an integral member of Steely Dan before joining the Doobie Brothers.
McDonald sang the lead vocals on some of the band’s best-known songs such as “Takin’ It to the Streets”, “Minute by Minute”, and “What a Fool Believes” which became a No. 1 single in the U.S. and earned him a 1980 Grammy Award for Song of the Year along with co-writer Kenny Loggins.
Closing out Family Gras 2018 on Saturday will be pop culture icon Cyndi Lauper.
“We are thrilled with this year’s lineup of amazing artists,” festival producer Greg Buisson said. “John Oates, Michael McDonald, and Cyndi Lauper each rocked the stages at our famed Jazz Fest in recent years. They are all chart-topping sensations with impressive catalogs of music. We are excited to once again treat our festival-goers to terrific shows followed by the pageantry of Mardi Gras.”