DJ Soul Sister and the Krewe of King James: Super Bad Sex Machine Strollers announced their first-ever honorary king, musician Nigel Hall. He’ll be riding on a float behind the Strollers on Saturday, January 31 as they march to their funky beat as a sub-krewe of Krewe Delusion.
Krewe Delusion is the surrealist and satirical parade that rolls through the streets of the Marigny and French Quarter and this year features as its ”Empress of the Insane & Captain of New Orleans” Trixie Minx. Last year’s honoree was DJ Soul Sister.
They will march behind the ever-popular Krewe du Vieux, another giant assemblage of satirical sub-krewes, for the first part of Krewe du Vieux’s new parade route. Krewe Delusion will break off at Conti Street and return to the Marigny for their Bedlam Ball at the Den of Delusion, and Krewe du Vieux will keep rolling through the CBD to their own ball at the Civic Theater.
DJ Soul Sister founded the Krewe of King James last year with Pamela Blackmon of Funk Baby New Orleans to celebrate the music and legacy of our number one soul brother, James Brown. Their exuberant costumes and freestyle dancing make them the perfect addition to the over-the-top antics of Krewe Delusion.
They have a lot in common stylistically with fun, campy women’s marching krewes like the Pussyfooters and the Camel Toe Lady Steppers, but membership is open to men too.
Their honorary king this year is an acclaimed keyboardist and vocalist with a legendary love of James Brown. Along with Questlove and Christian McBride, Hall is part of what’s been dubbed the “triumverate of greatest James Brown fans of all time.”
Their theme is “Funky Side of Town”, from Brown’s 1972 album Get on the Good Foot, and they start marching (and freestylin’) at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
What’s more, they’re all set to throw their first-ever Good Foot Ball the following week at Gasa Gasa. It will take place on Friday, February 6 at 9 p.m. and feature Pat Casey & the New Sound and DJ Soul Sister’s “James Brown Get Down”. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
View the Krewe of King James parade route here.
Visit www.gasagasa.com for more information on the Ball.