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Big Sam's Funky Nation Feb 28, 2014 @ 8:00 pm Get Tickets »

Voted "Best Cabaret" by Connecticut Magazine

There's nothing like a Jorgensen Cabaret Series event for sheer enjoyment and relaxation. It's the best entertainment around in a cozy nightclub setting with candlelit tables on the floor. Sandwiches, dessert, alcohol and other beverages are available for purchase.

Doors open one hour prior to event.

Sponsored by

  • Big Sam's Funky Nation
  • Big Sam's Funky Nation
Music / Jazz

Doors open at 7:00 pm
Sandwiches, soup, salad, dessert, cash bar 

Opened by UConn's Own Funky Dawgz

Big Sam's mothership is landing at Jorgensen for the biggest MARDI GRAS DANCE PARTY around! Ryan White, of the Oregonian, says Big Sam's Funky Nation is "tight enough (and hot enough) to turn coal into a diamond!" 

The band is led by trombone powerhouse Big Sam Williams, formerly the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who the San Franciso Chronicle calls "the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz." The band's solos, Big Sam's signature dance moves, and his distinctive trombone riffs, pump the energy level up sky high. When Big Sam takes the stage, no one sits down. So be sure to wear your dancing shoes!

Get down to the high-octane funk and rock of Big Sam's Funky Nation, and celebrate Mardi Gras New Orleans style. When you show your tickets that night you'll get colorful beads and a MARDI GRAS mask. See you on the dance floor! 

A New Orleans-style second line jazz band, the Funky Dawgz Brass Band is exploding onto the live music scene not just in their home state of Connecticut but also across the region and even down in New Orleans. This 10-piece funky groove machine, formed by a group of UConn Marching Band members, is loaded with high-energy horns and a backbeat that is irresistibly funky. Once you jump on their groove train you wont be able to stop moving. From the first beat of the bass drum to the last stroke on the snare, the Funky Dawgz Brass Band will always “Shut It Down”.

Co-sponsored by the H. Fred Simon African American Cultural Center