Dirty Dozen Brass Band, ‘Tater Salad’ on tap

Published 11:51 am Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Comedian Ron White, New Orleans’ Dirty Dozen Brass Band and, possibly, the old Levee Street Depot have been added to Vicksburg’s entertainment schedule for 2012.

The comic known as “Tater Salad” and his standup routines with cigar and Scotch in hand will bring his act to the Vicksburg Convention Center on Jan. 28, said Larry Gawronski, vice president and executive director for VenuWorks/Vicksburg Convention Center & Auditorium.

Originally set for the smaller Monroe Street auditorium, White’s stop in the River City was moved to Mulberry Street to accommodate what’s expected to be a packed house for the 7 p.m. show, Gawronski said.

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“They wanted a bigger venue,” he said, adding ticket prices and availability will be announced in early November.

White’s most recent full-length albums, “Behavioral Problems” in 2009 and “You Can’t Fix Stupid” in 2006, topped the U.S. comedy album charts. This year, he had a cameo in the movie “Horrible Bosses.”

Dirty Dozen and its funk-tinged version of the traditional Crescent City brass band, is one of eight bands negotiating with Riverfest organizers to take the stage for the arts and entertainment festival’s 25th anniversary, festival president Katrina Shirley said. An April 21 date in Vicksburg appeared on the band’s booking agency’s website Tuesday. The influential, eight-piece ensemble’s music is part of the collage of New Orleans artists featured on the HBO series “Treme.”

Contracts for musical acts and a full slate of acts and ticket pricing will be announced later, Shirley said. Tentative plans for the event’s silver celebration call for the main concert stage to move to the depot, where crowds gather and stare skyward for the city’s Fourth of July concert and fireworks display.

Shirley said the change depends on working out details on security and other logistics with the city. It offers a perfect backdrop for the bands, she said.

“It’s a great venue to have a concert,” Shirley said. “This way we can take advantage of the scenery of downtown.”