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Deadbeats, Sgt Funky to perform at Masquerade Ball
It’s time to dust off those feathers and masks. Miners Foundry is presenting this year’s Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 8 p.m. until 11:30 with a night of dancing and frolicking, featuring the legendary Deadbeats and special guest Sgt Funky.

What better way to celebrate the ultimate New Orleans party than with the music of the Grateful Dead, seasoned with a dash of psychedelic. The evening will feature a no-host full bar and Cajun food available for purchase.

And, of course, costumes and masks are encouraged.

The Deadbeats formed in the summer of 1994 on the notion they could pull off some reasonable Grateful Dead covers. Soon it was apparent the band was onto something – a certain indefinable sound that captures the essence of a Dead show.

Twenty-two years later the Deadbeats continue to evolve with original
members Tom Menig, Eric Menig and Gary Campus joined by Rob Kopp (drums), Glen Tucker (keyboards) and newest member Peter Wilson (guitar) for this Mardi Gras journey into the music of one of America’s most enduring bands.

Sgt Funky is a six-person rock band specializing in the songs “you forgot you loved” – everything from “It’s A Beautiful Day” to the Troggs Blind Faith, Guess Who, the Zombies, to the B-52s and the Go-Gos. Drawing from a master list of more than 100 tunes, they play high-energy dance tunes with plenty of psych thrown in.

The band has been together for eight years and includes Jonathan Lyerly on drums and vocals, Karel Hendee on bass and vocals, Marty Dinwiddie on keys and vocals, Michael Young on vocals and guitar, Michael Bremer on electric “acid” banjo and guitar and Tristan Berlund on vocals. Two go-go girls will be joining the band on stage. Sgt Funky audiences love the energy, enthusiasm, and humor the band brings to all its performances.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry, or at BriarPatch Co-Op.