As you may have noticed, things on the Gumbohead front have been kind of quiet lately. Oh, we’re still here — just dealing with some changes within the band. Our good friend and guitarist extraordinaire Tony Esterly has officially hung his shingle in Nashville, Tennessee, where he is pursuing a producing and songwriting career. We wish Tony all the luck in the world, and currently we are busy figuring out next steps as we move into our 15th year of existence. Rest assured, we have a renewed commitment to our music. While our calendar may be a little sparse for the remainder of the year, we are excited about the future and promise more good things to come. In the meantime, mark your calendar for September 5th and join us at the Broadway Oyster Bar. That’s where it all began in 1999, and that’s where it will all begin again.
One of our favorite events to play is the Schlafly Stout & Oyster Festival. They fly in 35,000 fresh oysters, have expert shuckers from both coasts shuck ‘em and prepare them every which way. They also serve up three amazing stouts: Oatmeal, Coffee and Nitro Irish. And we get to entertain everybody and partake of all of it while we do. The Oysterfest goes down on Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8. We hit the stage at 6 pm on Saturday night and play ’til 9. Go to schlafly.com to find out more info.
They tell us St. Louis is home to the second-largest Mardi Gras celebration in the nation. Sounds like a bit of a stretch, considering the monster parties in New Orleans, Mobile, Galveston and a few other places, but we do throw a good-sized bash. You can head down to Soulard and see costumes, beads and floats that rival anything in the Crescent City. And while the organizers have steadfastly resisted including New Orleans-style music in recent years, choosing instead to bring in, um, well-traveled out-of-town bands like MiniKiss and this year’s entertainment, Everclear and Eve 6, it’s still possible to catch a little zydeco and brass band funk during our Carnival celebration. We had a great time playing a matinee at the Sheldon Concert Hall, then storming the stage at the Old Rock House with our compatriots the Funky Butt Brass Band. And we did it again on Fat Tuesday, March 4 at the Broadway Oyster Bar. Thanks to everyone who made Mardi Gras 2014 such a blast!
Hey, look, it’s our new website! Thanks for stopping by. Here you’ll find just about anything you might need to know about the band. Band bio? Check. Gig information? Got it. Audio and video clips? Done and done.
We hope you enjoy the new look (big thanks to Crystal Rolfe for the cool bead bucket photo above). Take your time and explore. If we can come play for you sometime, just ask. Laissez les bon temps rouler!