New Orleans has hosted 10 Super Bowls — yet there have only been two halftime shows that have featured New Orleans-born artists.
With apologies to this year's performers, Beyonce and, possibly, Destiny's Child, I've come up with a playlist of 10 songs by New Orleans-based artists that are perfect for a Who Dat's living room halftime party ...
1. "Knock With Me, Rock With Me" – Lil Rascals Brass Band. The New Orleans music scene is filled with high-energy crowd-pleasers, but for my money, nothing gets a party going better than Glen David Andrews singing over the Lil Rascals' infectious horn loops.
2. "Here Come the Girls" – Ernie K-Doe. The Emperor of the Universe has a vast catalogue from which to choose, but for the Super Bowl, I have to go with one of his gems. The marching band-inspired beat mixed with K-Doe's crooning makes for the perfect party platter.
3. "Treme Song" – John Boutte. CBS no doubt will inundate its Super Bowl coverage with stereotypical New Orleans imagery. But for a more nuanced view of life in the Big Easy, look no further than Boutte's 2008 jam that turned into the title track for the HBO series.
4. "Ha Di Ka" – Galactic feat. Big Chief Juan Pardo and the Golden Comanche. The first track on the exceptional Carnivale Electricos album blends Mardi Gras Indian chants with modern funk and gives us an instant-classic Carnival anthem to remind us that, while it may be the Super Bowl, it's still Mardi Gras season.
- Galactic mixes New Orleans funk and Mardi Gras Indian chants in 'Ha Di Ka.'
5. "My Indian Red" – Dr. John. Sticking with the Mardi Gras Indian theme, what better way to cast aside the commercialism of the Super Bowl than with Dr. John's upbeat rendition of the classic Indian anthem?
6. "Hurricane Season" – Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. The instrumental jam from Shorty's 2010 Backatown album mixes street music with modern jazz and funk riffs that would be right at home in the Superdome.
7. "Y'all Get Back Now" – Big Freedia. The Queen Diva's breakout hit serves as a blunt reminder that New Orleans music isn't just horns and funk. Big Freedia also is rapping about what will be on the minds of every New Orleanian when it comes to what we'd like to say to the tourists who impede the sidewalks and streets before the big game.
8. "A Milli" – Lil Wayne. Staying on the hip-hop track, why not juice up your Super Bowl party with an artist and a song that CBS would not, in a million billion years, ever allow to be performed on the field.
- Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue take us Backatown with a melding of street music, jazz and funk.
9. "See Me Dance" – Big Sam's Funky Nation. As much as we enjoy seeing Beyonce dance, there's nothing like seeing Big Sam sing, dance and play the trombone in this anthem from his 2010 King of the Party album.
10. "Go to the Mardi Gras" – Professor Longhair. Really the end-all, be-all of Mardi Gras songs, this ubiquitous Carnival anthem is the best way to wash away the hoopla of the Super Bowl and get ready for an authentic New Orleans party.
- Photo by Cheryl Gerber
- Dr. John's upbeat 'My Indian Red' will have you moving your feet, regardless of the score in the Super Bowl.