Mardi Gras Indian Funk
From the funk-laced beats and bass-heavy sousaphone blasts that kick off their album Spyboy to the gritty warmth of singer J’Wan Boudreaux’s voice, Cha Wa radiates the fiery energy of the New Orleans street culture. The band brandishes a New Orleans brass band-meets-Mardi Gras Indian outfit persona.Cha Wa’s debut, Funk N Feathers, explores contemporary riffs on traditional music.
Boudreaux grew up singing alongside his grandfather, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, in the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indian tribe. Now, the band ups the ante by digging deeper into the sound of New Orleans culture and giving it a modern twist. The band’s latest release of largely original material takes advantage of a new horn section to highlight the musicians’ personal ties to the street music of their hometown.
Cha Wa. Photo courtesy of the artist.
The Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series is supported in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private foundation that empowers towns and cities across America to transform underused public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free, live music. Learn more at levitt.org. Presenting partners are the City of Sheboygan and Harbor Centre. Major support provided by Laura Kohler and Steve Proudman; Acuity; Sargento; Meijer, Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center; Pepsi Lakeside Bottling Co.; Festival Foods; Mersberger Financial Group Inc.; United One Credit Union; Green Bay Packer Foundation; Pride Hospitality; Midwest Communications; and Visit Sheboygan.
Additional support provided by Baird-The Le Clair Bemis Miller Group; Heck Capital Advisors, LLC; Lakeland Chiropractic; Oostburg State Bank; Parker John’s BBQ & Pizza; SarrikClean; Terry Kohler Family Foundation; The Encore; U.S. Cellular; 3 Sheeps Brewing Company; and Jeffrey Pribek in memory of his wife Lori Ann Pribek.