Local Faves The Boogie Men, Bucktown All-Stars, Rockin’ Dopsie Top Six Nights of Music
The Boogie Men, Bucktown All-Stars and Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & The Zydeco Twisters are among the headliners slated for six nights of live music in the Clubhouse during the 2012 Starlight Racing series at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. The Boogiemen, known as New Orleans’ premier horn-powered dance band, kick off the schedule January 6.
Other headliners include The Topcats (Feb. 10), The Mixed Nuts (Feb. 24) and Groovy 7 (March 30). Starlight Racing also features a full schedule of party DJs in the trackside Miller Lite Beer Garden.
Here’s the full 2012 Starlight Racing music schedule:
January 6 – The Boogie Men and DJ Jive
January 20 – Bucktown All-Stars and DJ Kemistry
February 10 – The Topcats and DJ Spin
February 24 – The Mixed Nuts and DJ Digital
March 16 – Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & The Zydeco Twisters and DJ Jive
March 30 – Groovy 7 and DJ Kemistry
First post (the first race of the night) for all Starlight Racing dates is 5 p.m. The live bands take to the Clubhouse stage at 7 p.m., while the DJs in the Miller Lite Beer Garden spin nonstop until after the last race, about 9 p.m. Gates open at 4 p.m.
Starlight Racing, an upscale nightlife experience with live music, DJs, drink specials and live Thoroughbred racing under the lights, was expanded to six dates for the first time this season due to an overwhelming response during the 2010-2011 meet.
Starlight Racing offers two distinct experiences – a chic club atmosphere in the Miller Lite Beer Garden and a more sophisticated vibe in the Clubhouse. Other features of Starlight Racing include specialty cuisine from local food trucks and the ever-popular Starlight Dancers in their custom-made jockey outfits.
For 2012, every Starlight Racing event will have its own theme, reflected in the décor of the Miller Lite Beer Garden. Guests are encouraged to get in the spirit and dress accordingly. “Dress to Impress” is the theme for the first night, January 6. The rest of the themes are: 1970s Disco (Jan. 20), Mardi Gras (Feb. 10), Hollywood Glamour (Feb. 24), St. Patrick’s Day (March 16) and College Sports (March 30).
Admission and Parking
General Admission to Fair Grounds for Starlight Racing is $5. Twin Spires Club VIPs (or, after Feb. 1, TSCElite members) receive free General Admission.
Admission to the Clubhouse or the Miller Lite Beer Garden is an additional $5.
General parking at Fair Grounds is free. Valet parking is available for $10 and VIP Valet with priority service is $20.
Note the following biographies are lightly edited versions of information from the artists’ own websites or social media platforms:
The Boogie Men (Jan. 6)
The Boogie Men are a versatile nine-piece dance band, powered by a horn section capable of keeping people on their feet all night. Their wide variety of musical styles range from big band to pop. More info: www.boogiemen-nola.com.
DJ Jive (Jan. 6 and March 16)
Young Jive, a.k.a. Bryan Normand, started his career at age 16 playing house parties in high school and picked up his style after a stint in Los Angeles. Now back in New Orleans, DJ Jive is sought after at the hottest spots in the city. More info: www.djjive.com.
Bucktown All-Stars (Jan. 20)
The New Orleans-based Bucktown All-Stars are 1960s classic R&B and soul, 1970s funk and New Orleans music mixed with laughs and a good time. Raspy vocals, rollicking piano and a corrupt horn section fuel an unorthodox mix of second line funk and Motown soul, the ingredients that have entertained thousands of hip-shaking fans across Louisiana for the last 18 years. More info: www.bucktownallstars.com.
DJ Kemistry (Jan. 20 and March 30)
Hailing from the Big Easy, DJ Kemistry has quickly become infamous for his high-energy party-rocking style of mixing. With a deep love for all music, his unique brand of hip hop is infused with hints of rock, pop, 1980s and electro house to achieve one mission – to make people dance. More info: www.djkemistry.com.
The Topcats (Feb. 10)
Since their first band practice in 1972, The Topcats have traveled the country, mainly playing large cities in the south. They have played on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, have played an impromptu show with Billy Joel, and have had the pleasure of Jerry Lee Lewis in their audience. Today, this band is known as a “party band,” playing festivals, fairs, concerts and night clubs, and are members of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. More info: www.thetopcats.com.
DJ Spin (Feb. 10)
DJ Spin, a.k.a. Christopher Villagran, a native of Algiers, began deejaying at the age of 16. Two years later, he was deejaying for Big Boy Records, along with New Orleans artists Mystikal, Fiend and Partners N Crime. Since 2001, DJ Spin has been touring with Grammy winner Chris Thomas King. He has produced tracks for Fiend, Lil Wayne, Mystikal, Chris Thomas King & 21C-B-Boyz’ and programmed the music for the dance segment of Britney Spears’ Circus Tour. More info: www.thedjspin.com.
The Mixed Nuts (Feb. 24)
The Mixed Nuts is one of the premier party acts in the South, performing close to 15 years of classic shows to a fan base that spans generations. Their catalog ranges from current Top 40, 1980s hits, rap, rock, disco, funk, swing, R&B, Motown, New Orleans classics and Country. More info: www.themixednuts.com.
DJ Digital (Feb. 24)
DJ Digital, a.k.a. Brandon Journet, is constantly coming up with new beats to keep his fans dancing, making him one of the most sought after DJs in the industry. His surplus of musical knowledge spans through rock, soul, electronica, hip hop, pop and underground, from classics to currents in each respective genre. Digital plays close to 200 nights per year. More info: www.myspace.com/djdigital.
Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & The Zydeco Twisters (March 16)
Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & The Zydeco Twisters present zydeco with the conviction and authenticity of its rich heritage. Besides having performed extensively on their own tours, the band has shared the stage with Tina Turner, Bonnie Raitt, BB King, The Neville Brothers, Dr. John, and Jimmy Buffet, and has recorded with Cindy Lauper and Bob Dylan. Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. is considered to be the best rub board player in the world, and is a charismatic and electrifying stage performer. More info: www.rockindopsiejr.com.
Groovy 7 (March 30)
Groovy 7 is diverse, edgy, and full of energy. With a lineup packed with all stars of New Orleans’ dance and party band scene, Groovy 7 owns a powerhouse sound. The band excels in genres from rock to funk, soul to 80’s, with a trademark New Orleans sound present in them all. More info: www.groovy7.com.
About Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, the nation’s third-oldest racetrack, has been in operation since 1872. Located in New Orleans, Fair Grounds is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN); it also operates a slot-machine gaming facility and 10 off-track betting parlors throughout southeast Louisiana. The 140th Thoroughbred Racing Season will run Nov. 24, 2011 to April 1, 2012, highlighted by the $1 million Louisiana Derby on April 1. More information can be found online at www.FairGroundsRaceCourse.com.