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Mary Beth Bassett
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Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Blue October and Bowling for Soup to Headline
Mardi Gras! Galveston 2020
Texas’ largest Mardi Gras celebration announces entertainment lineup
Los Herederos de Nuevo León and Bidi Bidi Banda to headline Fiesta Gras; Bun B to serve as Grand Marshal for new Bumpin’ Bus Parade
GALVESTON ISLAND, TEXAS – Texas rock legends Blue October and Bowling for Soup will give headline performances at Mardi Gras! Galveston’s 109th celebration, taking place Feb. 14-25, 2020. Other entertainment highlights announced include Los Herederos de Nuevo León and Bidi Bidi Banda, who will headline the festival’s Fiesta Gras celebration on Feb. 16, and hip-hop legend Bun B, who will serve as Grand Marshal of the all-new Bumpin’ Bus Parade on Feb. 22. Tickets are available at www.mardigrasgalveston.com.
“This is by far our best band lineup of the last 10 years,” said Yagas Entertainment president Mike Dean, who is in his 10th year organizing the festival for the city of Galveston. “Concerts are part of what make the Mardi Gras experience different in Texas, and we are excited to bring in these great local bands and homegrown Texas talent.”
Blue October, which formed in Houston in 1995, has 14 top-40 charting singles, including the platinum hits “Hate Me” and “Into the Ocean” from their 2006 platinum album “Foiled”. They released their first album, “The Answers”, in 1998. The band is comprised of Ryan Delahoussaye (multi-instrumentalist), Matt Noveskey (bass) and brothers Jeremy (drums) and Justin Furstenfeld (front man). They will perform live at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in downtown Galveston’s Saengerfest Park on the Corona Stage during the kick-off weekend of Mardi Gras! Galveston.
Bowling for Soup, a Grammy-nominated pop punk band from Wichita Falls, Texas, has produced 19 albums in 25 years. The band consists of Jaret Reddick (lead vocals, guitar), Chris Burney (guitar, backing vocals), Gary Wiseman (drums, percussion, backing vocals), and Rob Felicetti (bass, backing vocals, acoustic guitar). Best known for its singles "Girl All the Bad Guys Want", "1985", "Almost", and "High School Never Ends", the band is also known for performing the introductions to Nickelodeon TV show “The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius” and Disney TV show “Phineas and Ferb”. They will perform live at 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, on the Corona Stage.
Grammy-nominated hip hop legend Bun B will serve as Grand Marshal of the all-new Bumpin’ Bus Parade on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 5:30 p.m., which will feature more than 20 decked-out party buses proceeding through downtown Galveston. The parade directly precedes the Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade, the largest parade of Mardi Gras! Galveston, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m.
“Fiesta Gras" will return for its fourth year highlighting Hispanic heritage, including headline performances by popular Monterrey norteño group Los Herederos de Nuevo León at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, on the Corona Stage. Bidi Bidi Banda -- Austin's first all-star Selena Tribute, led by Stephanie Bergara -- will perform at noon. Fiesta Gras festivities will feature two parades, a balcony party and shopping and dining options.
For fans of electronic dance music, “Electric Mardi Gras” will return to downtown Galveston. This area will provide one big party with continuous concerts and beat-thumping DJs from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays (Feb. 14-15 and Feb. 21-22) during the celebration. Headliners DJ T3 and DJ Squared will play on Feb. 15 at 10 p.m.
More than 25 concerts will take place during Galveston’s two-week-long Mardi Gras event. The festival also will feature 23 parades, 20 balcony parties and several elegant balls. Concert admissions are included in the general admission price to enter the Mardi Gras! Galveston downtown entertainment district. Admission is $23 at the gate, with discounted prices available in advance online at www.mardigrasgalveston.com.
About Mardi Gras! Galveston
Mardi Gras, the traditional festival of feasting and merrymaking that precedes the season of Lent, was first publicly observed on Galveston Island in 1867. Following a sabbatical imposed in 1941 by war and challenging times, Mardi Gras! Galveston was revived in 1985 by Galveston-born preservationist and developer George P. Mitchell. The largest celebration of its kind in Texas and the third largest in the nation, Mardi Gras! Galveston brings the island’s streets to life with parade viewers shouting for beads, lively tunes played by the colorful marching bands, and the infectious merriment that dominates the island for two full weeks. Organized by Mike Dean of Yagas Entertainment in conjunction with the city of Galveston, the Island’s 109th Mardi Gras celebration from Feb. 14-25, 2020, is expected to draw more than 300,000 attendees.