Even if you can't go see the Mardi Gras this year, you'll be able to hear it. At least, you will if you subscribe to SiriusXM satellite radio.
On Thursday (Feb. 28), SiriusXM announced the launch of Mardi Gras Radio, a temporary channel that will feature New Orleans artists and New Orleans music starting at 8 a.m. CT on Saturday and continuing through 8 a.m. CT on Ash Wednesday.
Mardi Gras Radio will occupy channel 67, temporarily supplanting SiriusXM’s Real Jazz channel, and is touted as "the ultimate Carnival party soundtrack" in a SiriusXM news release. The channel will feature tunes "from legendary New Orleans artists including Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, Wynton Marsalis, the Neville Brothers and Louis Armstrong, along with brass bands and eclectic New Orleans musical characters including Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers."
Every hour throughout the weekend, Mardi Gras Radio will also feature a new song from Adonis Rose and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra's forthcoming album "Songs: The Music of Allen Toussaint," which is scheduled to be released March 29.
SiriusXM is a subscription satellite radio service. In addition to listening through SiriusXM radios, subscribers can also tune in through the company’s mobile app as well as through any number of smart devices, including Amazon Alexa, Roku and Apple TV.
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