Bad Cactus Brass Band, Sugar Thieves, and Hot Birds & the Chili Sauce to Bring Mardi Gras Funk to CityScape

Things should be plenty funky around CityScape tonight. From 6 p.m. to midnight, the downtown hub will be bustling with rowdy folks celebrating Mardi Gras. Festivities are sure to include elaborate costumes, giant puppets, stiltwalkers, and, of course, barrels of bawdy music to soundtrack your last night of indiscretion before Lent.

Among those set to perform are Valley blues-rockers Sugar Thieves, soul-funkers Hot Birds and the Chili Sauce, and most appropriately, Bad Cactus Brass Band, whose brand of New Orleans-style parade jazz will get CityScape feeling as much like the Big Easy as possible.

Best of all? There's no charge to get into the party.

Read after the break for the evening's full schedule...

6:00 V-Knights (blues/rock band)
6:45 Parade departs
7:00 Bata Ire (afro-cuban folkloric ensemble)
7:45 Parade returns
8:00 ASU African Drum Ensemble
8:45 Foot Klan (breakdancers)
9:00 Plaza de Anaya (belly dancers)
9:15 Bad Cactus Brass Band
9:45 Insatiable (dancers)
10:00 The Sugar Thieves (country blues band)
11:00 Hot Birds and the Chili Sauce (soul/funk band)

The event's Facebook page promises clowns, mimes, jesters, drag queens, superheroes, minor prophets and a trolley powered pub crawl if the music alone isn't enough to get you ready to earn some beads. More info can be found at the event's official website.