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Mardi Gras Music Festival - Feb 8th - KPCCA Fundraiser


January 22, 2014

Mardi Gras – Here We Come

The first annual Key Peninsula Mardi Gras Music Festival is ready to vibrate your soul and shake your beads on February 8, 2014 at the Key Peninsula Civic Center in Vaughn, WA. The festival will rock with Filé Gumbo, The Kim Archer Band, Gabriel and Merrilee Rush, whose song "Angel of the Morning" was a #1 hit in 1968. An authentic southern dinner provided by Murph’s BBQ, best guest costume contest to crown of King and Queen of the parade, and signature Mardi Gras cocktails will keep everyone hopping until midnight.

The music festival features fantastic music from three local bands. Filé Gumbo has been playing their New Orleans R&B for more than 25 years; their distinct rockin' cajun, zydeco soul makes you feel like you’re on the bayous of Southwestern Louisiana. Kim Archer, known for her raw, powerhouse performances, follows in the footsteps of great female singer/songwriters like Joan Armatrading, Melissa Etheridge and Bonnie Raitt; you'll get your groove on with Kim's heavy, funky soul sound.

Our headliner for the evening is Merrilee Rush, with the band Gabriel. In the 1970's, Gabriel was one of Seattle's most popular and influential bands, selling a quarter million records worldwide. Their biggest record, "Martha" (1977), reached #32 on the Billboard Charts. These two original, hit-making artists perform some of the most iconic hits from the musical era that changed both a generation of young people and the world at large. Rush’s show features hit songs like "Every Time I Roll the Dice," Gabriel hit "Take it Back," "Love The One You're With," "China Grove," and, of course, her signature song, "Angel of the Morning."

An authentic Southern dinner with all the fixins - BBQ chicken, pulled pork, Gumbo, dirty rice, red beans and rice, and King cake - from Murph’s BBQ will be served. Mardi Gras signature cocktails, including the Hurricane and the Rum Runner, will be featured at the no-host bar, along with beer and wine furnished by Blend Wine Shop, Lakebay.

We will also be crowning best dressed guests for King and Queen of the parade; the winners will lead the costumed parade throughout the venue. Come join us for great Mardi Gras fun. Beads, parade, Southern food, and fantastic music!

Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door; your ticket price includes in/out entry and meal. Doors open at 6pm; dinner served from 6-9pm. Tickets may be purchased on the Key Peninsula at Blend Wine Shop, Key Peninsula Civic Center, and Sunnycrest Nursery and Floral, in Gig Harbor at All Star Guitar, or online at This is a 21+ only event.

For further event information:

Filé Gumbo:

The Kim Archer Band:, 253-698-5951 (available for phone interview)


Merrilee Rush:, 425-868-6392 (available for phone interview)

Blend Wine Shop:

Key Peninsula Civic Center:

Tickets may be purchased at the following locations:

All Star Guitar, 3226 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor, WA 98335. (253) 853-5610

Blend Wine Shop, 8914 Key Peninsula Hwy N, Lakebay, WA 98349. (253) 884-9688

Key Peninsula Civic Center, 17010 S. Vaughn Road Kp N, Vaughn, WA 98394. (253) 884-3456

Sunnycrest Nursery and Floral, 9004 Key Peninsula Hwy N #B, Lakebay, WA 98349. (253) 884-3937

And online at:

This event is sponsored by All Star Guitar, Blend Wine Shop, and Sunnycrest Nursery and Floral. Net proceeds benefit the Key Peninsula Civic Center Association (KPCCA).