TIME: Full Event: 4pm – 11PM, Parade Starts at 3pm
EVENT: NEW ORLEANS of the NORTH: Niagara’s Summer Mardi Gras
VENUE: Henley Bandstand
ADDRESS: Port Dalhousie, St. Catharines
TICKET PRICE: $15 Local Niagara Residents / $35 Regular Price Tickets / $149 VIP Dinner Tickets (includes VIP Seating, Dinner and Concert)
Ronnie Littlejohn has a long history in the Canadian music scene. For 15 years he fronted Planet Earth, one of Canada’s premier jazz/funk/soul bands. Planet Earth and Littlejohn’s Funk Embassy were touted as vanguards of the funk revival.
Ronnie has shared the stage with some of music’s finest, including Maceo Parker, Betty Lavette, War, Russ Little, Kevin Breit, Donna Grantis, Guido Basso, Ben Riley and members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He has also made special appearances with Alex Lifeson, Lee Oskar, Holly Cole, Jackie Richardson, Doug Riley, Kevin Turcotte and others.
His musical influences go back to the classic sounds of New Orleans. Ronnie is a self-trained vocalist who began singing to old 45s at the age of five — and his eclectic taste in music has added considerably to his collection of 45s over the years.
Ronnie Littlejohn is the host of the Gumbo Kitchen on Jazz FM 91
The show explores New Orleans jazz, swampy funk, second-line brass bands. Add a dash of soul and gospel, with a pinch of New Orleans rhythm and blues, and you’ve got a delicious savoury gumbo!