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Big Al and the Heavyweights / Press

“Now on their seventh album, Big Al and the Heavyweights are known around town as the Kings of Carnival, gumbo parties, and a damn good time. The latest out of the recording studio hits the nail on the head of the Southern funked-out blues scene hard. The record kicks off with “Don’t you Want Me,” a Zydeco fl avored, toe-tapping beat and moves nicely into the similarly styled “What’s up With That.” The title track, “Sunshine on Me” is front and center at position three. With the vibrancy and heat of a passionate proclamation, the song sheds light on an impressive guitar riff, a showcase that weaves nicely throughout the blues infused album. However, while “Sunshine on Me,” takes on a rejoicing tone, the next track, “Money Matters” takes things down a notch for a real Chicago styled performance. The entrancing lull doesn’t last long as listeners are swept back into the rhythmic fray of a catchy melody in “Won’t you Dance with Me?” An encouraging reque”

"When the CD cues up and the first cut “Don’t You Want Me” starts, it’s obvious that Big Al and the Heavyweights are serious about their brand of blues. These seasoned road veterans hit it tight and hard from the get-go, and the intensity never lets up."

"New Orleans is a mixture of different cultures, sensation and vibes, and it is cool that a few of Louisiana’s native sons have formed a band that is producing diverse music that any Crescent City native would be proud to call their own. That band is Big Al & the Heavyweights."

“. Big Al and the boys were grinding, pushing and generally kicking some serious KC tail. Every head, foot and other body parts to be left unnamed were bouncing to this Louisiana house party."”

Kansas City Blues Society

“.New Orleans native Big Al Lauro and his Heavyweights might specialize in Louisiana food-related tunes and Mardi Gras tales, but their succulent style is far from landlocked. Digging their way through a steaming plate of Nawlins, Dallas and Chicago blues, Al and his crew are equally fond of swamp rock grooves and windy city shuffles, boosting the whole affair with plenty of tasty harmonica, guitar and cool neckbone rhythms. A feast of rare delights."”

Creative Loafing Atlanta

“Big Al and the Heavyweights brought their upbeat, New Orleans blues spiced with a little Cajun and Zydeco to Famous Dave's this Saturday night. From their first helping of slow, New Orlean's blues on "Cajun Roux" to their last offering of fast, rocking blues on "House Party" the band kept the crowd up and moving and inspired by their energy, enthusiasm, and strong playing. This band embodies the spirit of New Orleans, Mardi Gras, and having a good time as you alternately party or stop to reflect on life. Rewarding the first group of dancers with beads, the band actively encouraged people to get up, dance around, and most of all have fun.”

Rick Benson - Blues On Stage

“ The Heavyweights offer an unconventional performance, reflecting the band’s influences of blues, jazz, zydeco, and rock. But more than anything, their shows are just plain fun! The band got a big break when Dan Aykroyd featured one of the band’s songs, “House Party”, on the House Of Blues Radio Show. The band has since appeared on the show four times with each of their CD’s. They have also been the featured musical guest on chef Emeril Lagassee’s “Emeril Live”, performing on his the Mardi Gras Show, as well as his Cajun and Creole cooking shows. Their music can also be found on Mardi Gras Records, “Ultimate Mardi Gras” Cd along with such esteemed artists as the lengendary Professor Longhair, Rebirth Brass Band, Rockin Dopsie and The Olympia Brass Band. You may have recently heard the band on the nationally syndicated radio program, “Beale St. Caravan”.This is a show that you don’t want to miss. ”

Press Release

“UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT KICKS OFF BIGGEST, BEST MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION OUTSIDE OF NEW ORLEANS Top-Name National Music Talent, Authentic Mardi Gras Parade and Cuisine Straight from The Big Easy Make for the Ultimate Street Party Beginning Feb. 12 Orlando, Fla. (January 13, 2011) – It is the biggest, best, party in the country – and Universal Orlando Resort brings it straight from New Orleans to you this February 12 through April 23. 2011 MARDI GRAS TALENT LINE-UP Mardi Gras Event Dates Headliners (performing in Music Plaza) New Orleans Bands (performing in French Quarter) Saturday, February 12 Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Big Al & The Heavyweights”

Universal Studios