Nuthin But Fun President Tyrone “Tuffy’ Nelson is a staple on the second line scene. Widely recognized as one of the best dancers, quick with a smile and a positive encouragement for any and everybody. This Saturday marks the debut of his own club’s first parade and it promises to live up to its name: nuthin but fun.
“I’ve always wanted my own club,"Nelson said. "Its always been inside of me. But we’re gonna do it traditional. We gonna have second line songs, not that ‘radio.'"
‘Radio’ is what second liners refer to when bands play covers of contemporary songs heard. Radio is somewhat of a dig towards bands that don’t have a strong foundation in traditional New Orleans music. NBF’s parade will definitely be unique in that regard. Tuffy has put together his own dream team band he refers to at the "Andrew’s Family Band" which consists of members and friends of the famed Andrews family who hail from Treme or the Sixth Ward, the area where Tuffy grew up. Playing tomorrow will be tuba players Mike Brooks from Sons of Jazz and Desmond Provost from the New Breed Brass Bands; trumpeter Lil Glenn Andrews, leader from the Baby Boyz Brass Band; Terence "TBell" Andrews on bass drum, snare drummer Glen "Budda" Finister Andrews from TBC Brass Band; trumpeters Chad Honore and Derrick "Khabukey" Shezbi from Rebirth Brass Band; saxophonist John "Prince" Gilbert and trombonist Tyrus Chapman from the Hot 8 Brass Band, Rayvon "Peanut" Andrews from New Birth Brass Band and Corey "Bo Money" Henry, former leader of the Lil Rascals now playing with Galactic. All these musicians have grown up together, in and around the Sixth Ward, and are all regarded as top musicians in the New Orleans music scene. Each one of them is exemplary in their own right. They all know how to build on each other’s riffs, weave solos throughout the songs, and call to switch tempo and songs. To watch these musicians, all from different bands, come together to play some of the most electrifying without benefit of any rehearsal is a real treat.
NBF has over 20 members, both men and women. This’’ parade colors are green and burgundy. They are inviting the public to wear their colors to the parade to show support and enjoy the club’s maiden voyage on the second line scene.
(Route details below)
Start: Treme Duck Off, 1234 N. Claiborne Avenue. Up Claiborne to Esplanade Ave. Left on Esplanade to N. Derbigny. Right on Derbigny to Laharpe St. Left on Laharpe.
Stop: 2436 Laharpe St. (Big Rob's House). Continue on Laharpe to N. Broad St. Right on Broad to St. Bernard Ave. Right on St. Bernard to N. Villere.
Stop: M'Dear's House, 1643 N. Villere. Continue on N. Villere to St Anthony St. (In memory of Dykes). Right on St. Anthony to Urquhart. Right on Urquhart to St. Bernard. Right on St. Bernard to N. Robertson St. Left on N. Robertson.
Stop: Hank's Bar. Continue on N. Robertson to Orleans Ave. Continue on Orleans Ave. to N. Broad St. Right on Broad St. to Dumaine St.
Stop: Dumaine Street Gang. Continue on Broad to Ursulines. Right on Ursulines to N. Claiborne Ave. Left on Claiborne.
Disband: 1234 N. Claiborne Ave.
King Philip Frazier
Queen Linda "Lady Buck Jumper" Tapp
Big Shot Oscar "Hanks" Jackson
Start: 1825 Elysian Fields Ave., Home of the Original Big Seven Culture & Heritage. Out Elysian Fields to St. Claude Ave. Right on St. Claude and right on St. Bernard Ave.
Stop: Justine's Next Stop. Continue on St. Bernard.
Stop: St. Bernard and N. Broad St. Continue on St. Bernard to Senate St. Right on Senate - Salute to Mr. Miles. Continue on Senate to Gibson St. then right on Milton St. Down Milton to Alfred St.
Disband: New Day Fight Back Center
DISBAND-BLUE FLAME LOUNGE