Family Gras releases lineup for 2020

Brian Wilson, The Marshall Tucker Band and a family tribute to Ricky Nelson

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
February 04, 2020 - 5:27 pm
Family Gras

Officials says this year's Family Gras in Metairie will feature the Beach Boy's founder Brian Wilson with founding member, guitarist-singer Al Jardine.

Wilson performs Saturday, February 15th.

Ricky Nelson's twin sons, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, perform Sunday, February 16th.  They will play their father's classics.  The duo also has had chart topping success of their own.

The Marshall Tucker Band will close out Family Gras on Sunday.

Family Gras begins with a Salute To Louisiana Legends on Friday, February 15th. It will feature Irma Thomas and the Dixie Cups.

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Here is the full release from organizers:

METAIRIE, LA. – Brian Wilson, The Marshall Tucker Band, and a family tribute to Ricky Nelson will headline Family Gras 2020.  

Family Gras will take the stage in its new Clearview Center concert venue on February 14, 15, and 16.  Brian Wilson, founder and creative force behind the Beach Boys, will bring his Greatest Hits Live show to the Family Gras stage on Saturday, February 15. In 2008, Wilson was ranked 52nd of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” by Rolling Stone.  In 2015, he was ranked 12th of the “100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time.” An American composer, singer and music icon, Wilson created nine consecutive Gold albums and two dozen Top 40 hits.  The Family Gras concert-goers will enjoy some of his best arrangements including “Surfer Girl,” “In My Room,” “I Get Around,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “California Girls,” “Don’t Worry Baby,” “Help Me Rhonda”, “God Only Knows,” and “Good Vibrations”. Wilson will share the spotlight with fellow founding member, guitarist-singer Al Jardine.  Other artists performing on Saturday include: The Imagination Movers, Mia Kylie, Perfect Love and Brandon Bennett’s Tribute to Garth Brooks.

On Sunday, February 16, Southern Rock artists The Marshall Tucker Band will close out Family Gras.  The Marshall Tucker Band plays a sweet blend of country, jazz, blues, and rock and roll. Their iconic sound set the path for other artists, such as Alabama, The Kentucky Headhunters, Confederate Railroad, and Travis Tritt. After more than 40 years, The Marshall Tucker Band’s songs are played live and on radio including “Heard it in a Love Song,” “Fire on the Mountain,” “Can’t You See,” and “Take the Highway.” The Marshall Tucker Band produced seven gold and three platinum albums.

Also, on Sunday, Ricky Nelson Remembered starring Matthew and Gunnar Nelson will take audience members back to the hits of the teen idol.  Ricky Nelson, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame icon, is credited with founding the country rock music genre. Matthew and Gunnar showcase their father’s career and Hollywood family. The twins feature Ricky’s hit songs: “Hello Mary Lou,” “Travelin’ Man” and “Garden Party.”  As the Nelsons, Matthew and Gunnar have Top 40 Billboard hits, four No. 1 MTV videos and have sold over 6.5 million albums worldwide.

Friday is a first-ever Family Gras produced set called A Salute To Louisiana Legends, featuring: Irma Thomas, The Dixie Cups, Al "Lil Fats" Jackson, John "Papa" Gros, Amanda Shaw, the Bonerama Horns, Jeff McCarty of Louisiana's LeRoux, Telissa Long, and Chuck Credo IV and His Band.  The salute will showcase some of the most memorable songs to come out of New Orleans as various artists remember the great musicians of our city.  Also, on Friday, festival-goers will rock to the sounds of Cowboy Mouth, Jenna Hunts and The Cowsills.

The stars of Family Gras will continue to be the carnival organizations that parade directly through the concert venue including: Krewe of Excalibur. Krewe of Madhatters, Krewe of Centurions, Krewe of Atlas and Krewe of Kings.  According to festival producer Greg Buisson, “Family Gras has grown into a ‘mark the calendar’ event.  We are excited to once again welcome some of nation’s music legends to our stage and carnival.”

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