Nola’s Spiced Up Walkerville With A Horn-y Mardis Gras Concert

Nola’s restaurant hosted an exciting Mardis Gras event featuring My Son The Hurricane with special guests The Family Soul performing at the Olde Walkerville Theatre last Tuesday (March 5).

New Orleans, founded by French settlers, is a popular attraction for tourists because of it’s infamous Mardi Gras celebrations. People flashing breasts and other body parts down south may cause some to get a little horny. In Windsor, things definitely were “horn-y” in a different way. The Family Soul band members Kelly Hoppe (sax), Austin Di Pietro (trumpet), and Sebastian Bachmeier (sax) brought some brassy horn action to the show. My Son The Hurricane, with a reputation as a “brass beast,” took the stage with members on a variety of horns including a pair of trumpets, a pair of trombones, and a saxophone.

The Family Soul, performing with ten members, warmed up the enthusiastic audience. Eyes On Windsor photographer Dan Boshart says, “they sounded incredible, with great musicianship and fantastic vocals by Soul Brother Mike, and great harmonies from their talented backup singers.”

Madeline Doornaert and Rochelle Day

The Family Soul, backup singers Madeline Doornaert (Left) and Rochelle Day
performing at the Olde Walkerville Theatre in Windsor, ON, on March 5, 2019. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

The Family Soul, from left Soul Brother Mike, Kelly Hoppe, Austin Di Pietro, and Sebastian Bachmeier

The Family Soul, from left Soul Brother Mike, Kelly Hoppe, Austin Di Pietro, and Sebastian Bachmeier, performing at the Olde Walkerville Theatre in Windsor, ON, on March 5, 2019. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

Kelly Hoppe

The Family Soul’s Kelly Hoppe performing at the Olde Walkerville Theatre in Windsor, ON, on March 5, 2019. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

Austin Di Pietro

The Family Soul trumpeter Austin Di Pietro performing at the Olde Walkerville Theatre in Windsor, ON, on March 5, 2019. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

The Family Soul

The Family Soul performing at the Olde Walkerville Theatre in Windsor, ON, on March 5, 2019. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

The Family Soul

The Family Soul band members from left, Kelly Hoppe, Keith Wilkinson, Austin Di Pietro, and Sebastian Bachmeier, performing at the Olde Walkerville Theatre in Windsor, ON, on March 5, 2019. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

The Family Soul performing at the Olde Walkerville Theatre in Windsor, ON, on March 5, 2019. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

The audience was blown away by the high energy funky brass band, My Son The Hurricane. The band mixes New Orleans style grooves with funk, jazz and hiphop, and played a mix of covers and originals during the concert. They threw Mardis Gras beads into the crowd and had them dancing away.

Many audience members enjoyed dinner before the show next door at Nola’s. The Walkerville restaurant has gained a fine reputation for French cuisine with a New Orleans Twist.

My Son The Hurricane

My Son The Hurricane performing at the Olde Walkerville Theatre in Windsor, ON, on March 5, 2019. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

My Son The Hurricane

My Son The Hurricane performing at the Olde Walkerville Theatre in Windsor, ON, on March 5, 2019. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

My Son The Hurricane trumpeter Frank Alowishus Walton

My Son The Hurricane trumpeter Frank Alowishus Walton performing at the Olde Walkerville Theatre in Windsor, ON, on March 5, 2019. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

Sylvie Annette Kindree

My Son The Hurricane vocalist Sylvie Annette Kindree performing at the Olde Walkerville Theatre in Windsor, ON, on March 5, 2019. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

My Son The Hurricane band member Phil Skladowski

My Son The Hurricane band member Phil Skladowski performing at the Olde Walkerville Theatre in Windsor, ON, on March 5, 2019. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

My Son The Hurricane trombonist Craig Darling

My Son The Hurricane trombonist Craig Darling performing at the Olde Walkerville Theatre in Windsor, ON, on March 5, 2019. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

Article & Photos by Dan Boshart

Dan Boshart is a talented photographer from Windsor, Ontario, who is looking forward to spending more time on concert photography when he retires from his full time job in the automotive industry. In addition to shooting bands, he has an interest in travel, architectural and street photography. Some of Dan’s photos can be viewed on Instagram and he can be followed on Twitter or his 27th Floor Photography Facebook Page.