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101 Runners bring Mardi Gras groove to Arkansas
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101 Runners bring Mardi Gras groove to Arkansas

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - A faction of the New Orleans cultural phenomena collectively known as Mardi Gras Indians, the 101 Runners featuring Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, will deliver its unique fusion of tribal rhythms and swampy voodoo funk with a pair of shows in two of Arkansas’ most legendary venues.

A Hot Springs performance Friday, February 25, at the Arlington Hotel Resort Hotel & Spa marks the Indians’ Natural State debut, followed by a show Little Rock’s Historic Dreamland Ballroom on Saturday, February 26. Both celebrations begin at 7 p.m.

Featuring Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, the Biggest of the Big Chiefs and the current Godfather of Mardi Gras Indian Funk, the 101 Runners are among a rare breed of living relics celebrating bloodlines with storylines dating back to the roots and origins of the Big Easy. Recent career highlights include headlining performances such as last year’s French Quarter Festival, featured and headlining appearances at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and a successful 2010 European tour.

Arkansas Convention & Event Marketing, Inc. invites one and all to join the Mardi Gras Party at a pair of our state’s most storied relics. Admission to the Hot Springs show is $30, and $35 for the Dreamland Ballroom show in Little Rock, of which $5 from each ticket supports efforts by Friends of Dreamland to further the Ballroom’s restoration. Advance tickets can be purchased by visiting www.arconventionsandevents.com or www.dreamlandballroom.com, and includes a costume competition for a gift assortment and the opportunity to dance onstage with the Big Chief and the 101 Runners.

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