The Alkek Fine Arts Center 20th anniversary celebration continues this weekend with a concert by the N’awlins Gumbo Kings.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.wc.edu/Alkek20.
The N’awlins Gumbo Kings have been trumpeting the sounds of Louisiana since 2002. Co-leaders Steve Howard (trumpet) and Mike Sizer (clarinet/sax) are the driving force behind the group. They are joined by Bobby Breaux on drums, Carl Hillman on bass, Brian Piper on piano/vocals and Ken George on trombone.
The band performs a variety of New Orleans styles including traditional Dixieland, Louie Prima style and New Orleans R&B funk, as well as their own original songs.
“Our group is made up of some of the finest musicians in the DFW area,” Howard said. “Our music is high energy and very entertaining. On many occasions we have had audience members come up to us after a performance and say ‘I never really liked jazz music but you guys were fantastic.’ At our concert at Weatherford College we will strive to make people leave entertained and happy.”
Members of the group have worked with numerous artists including Dr. John, The Dukes of Dixieland, Ray Charles, Allen Toussaint, Patti Labelle, Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, Ellis Marsalis, Woody Herman and Cab Calloway.
The Gumbo Kings have recorded three albums, with their second recording featuring special guest and long-time friend Dr. John on vocals.
“It has been said that listening to the Gumbo Kings is like a trip down Bourbon Street without the bad smells,” said Duane Durrett, Alkek 20th organizer. “Needless to say, this is a performance you don’t want to miss.”