|Dirty Dozen Brass Band rock the Ringling Museum of Art Courtyard as the sun goes down on Oct. 13, 2012.|
The stately courtyard at the Ringling Museum of Art became the setting for a first-class New Orleans block party Saturday thanks to a potent performance by The Dirty Dozen Brass Band plus dangerously delicious libations like the Southern Comfort-fueled Hurricanes and Tito's Handmade Vodka-laced lemonade.
|Party getting started at the Ringling Museum of Art Courtyard on Oct. 13, 2012.|
There was also ample, delectable Crescent City cuisine like the beef and Cajun chicken po' boys, muffulettas and jambalaya prepared by the museum's highly-recommended and versatile restaurant Treviso. Chocolate bourbon pecan pie and sweet bread pudding with whiskey sauce were also served but we never made it to that popular food station. Too busy moving to the music.
Although the Dirty Dozen Brass Band had been performing around the Seventh Ward and Uptown New Orleans since 1977, the group's Ringling Museum show in 1984 coincided with the release of its landmark debut album, "My Feet Can't Fail Me Now." Twenty-eight years to the day, the ensemble returned to the circus king's old estate to headline the Closing Night Party of the fourth annual Ringling International Arts Festival.
|Dirty Dozen Brass Band rock the Ringling Museum of Art Courtyard on Oct. 13, 2012.|
DDBB had a large swath of the mostly middle-aged crowd out dancing, hands in the air like they just didn't care to jazzed-out renditions of classic party anthems like "Sissy Strut" (The Meters), "Superstition" (Stevie Wonder) and that NOLA anthem "When the Saints Go Marchin' In." I've covered numerous events at the Ringling Museum over the years. Pretty sure I've never had more fun than on Saturday.
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—All photos by Wade Tatangelo.