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Saturday, April 13, 2024

Upstate Rhythm: NoLaNauts Bring New Orleans Vibes to Frog Alley for Mardi Gras Celebration


Despite ‍being rooted in⁢ the Capital Region, with five members hailing from Schenectady County, the NoLaNauts, a vibrant 10-piece funk band, hold a special place in their hearts for a second city: the vibrant and soulful New ⁤Orleans.

Tom O’Connor, ​the band’s guitarist and vocalist from Albany, has been a regular visitor to the cultural melting pot of New Orleans since the early 1980s. The idea for this dynamic funk band was conceived while he was soaking up the atmosphere at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2019. He was inspired ⁢during a performance by the‌ Voice of the ⁣Wetlands All-Stars,‍ a supergroup from New Orleans.

For a more in-depth look at the NoLaNauts, ‌check out Kirsten Ferguson’s⁤ full column at Nippertown: Upstate Beat: NoLaNauts blast spirit of New Orleans to Frog Alley for Mardi Gras

Kiara Thomas
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  1. Disagree: Not a fan of the New Orleans vibes, but I hope the Mardi Gras celebration at Frog Alley is a hit for those who enjoy it.


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