From the Curators: Pandora Celebrates Mardi Gras and Carnival 2013

There’s no city like New Orleans, especially during Mardi Gras when the city show cases its unique culture, outstanding food and of course: music.
If you can’t make it to the Big Easy this year, we’ll do our best to bring the French Quarter to you with a variety of authentic music options in the tradition of the holiday as well as our Mardi Gras-themed music and food pairings.

Screen Shot 2013-02-11 at 2.30.44 PM.pngPut on your purple, green and gold and enjoy a mix of traditional Dixieland jazz, Cajun & zydeco music along with modern New Orleans bands. Mardi Gras plays music from The Rebirth Brass Band, Clifton Chenier, Trombone Shorty Andrews and Dukes of Dixieland. (Goes best with Jambalaya)

Creole jambalaya originated as an attempt by the Spanish to make paella in the “New World,” where saffron was not readily available due to import costs. Tomatoes became an easy substitute.

New Orleans Jazz takes you back to the roots of the birthplace of jazz with the music the Big Easy is known for, including Bourbon Street music legends Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong, Professor Longhair and Al Hirt. (Goes best with King Cake)

New Orleans King Cake is a simple ring of twisted bread topped with colored sugar, usually purple, green, and gold (the traditional Mardi Gras colors).

Party up on Fat Tuesday with old timey Cajun & Zydeco sounds. Enjoy the traditions of Mardi Gras with Buckwheat Zydeco, Clifton Chenier, Queen Ida And Her Zydeco Band as well as The Pine Leaf Boys. (Goes best with Shrimp Creole)

Shrimp creole is a dish of French, African and Spanish heritage consisting of cooked shrimp in a mixture of whole or diced tomatoes with the “Holy Trinity” of onion, celery and bell pepper, spiced with Tabasco sauce or another hot pepper sauce and served over white rice.

For a more modern celebration, funk-ify your celebrations with the cool sounds from fusion, funk and R&B artists to keep your party going. On New Orleans Funk you’ll hear music from Trombone Shorty, Galactic, Greyboy Allstars, The Meters and Walter Wolfman Washington! (Goes best with Gumbo)

Gumbo is often used as a metaphor for the mix of cultures that exist in southern Louisiana. Gumbo, the dish, combines the culinary practices of the French, Spanish, Native peoples and Africans, as well as Italians and Germans.

The Brazilian counterpart of Mardi Gras, Carnival, has actually been going strong since January 6th. In parts of Brazil, Carnival is referred to as “The Greatest Show on Earth.” Salvador and Rio de Janeiro both offer huge celebrations with bands, costumes and more. In honor of this raucous and rich tradition, we invite you to try our Samba station, which spans the past fifty years of Brazilian recordings of this ubiquitous rhythm. Or, for a more general overview of Brazilian sounds, check out our more subdued, Brazillian station. (Goes best with Churrasco)

Churrasco is a Portuguese and Spanish term referring to beef or grilled meet and is a cultural tradition in Brazil.

Add these stations to your Pandora station list and celebrate all year long with our selection of Mardi Gras and Carnival-themed music. We hope you enjoy Fat Tuesday and can avoid Hangover Wednesday!

-Ron (Curation Team)

Ron Nenni

Music Curator http://www.pandora.com/profile/rnenni

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