Bo Dollis Jr

& The Wild Magnolias

New Orleans’ sensuous delights converge in the rich tradition of the Mardi Gras Indians, working-class groups that are part historical tribute, part secret society and part neighborhood social club. With funky rhythms and stunning beaded costumes, The Wild Magnolias unleash a sensory barrage that epitomizes the culture of the Crescent City.


The Wild Magnolias have been honored to share stages, performing with many musical legends including Cyril Neville, Dr. John, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Troy Andrews aka “Trombone Shorty”, Galactic, Rockin’ Dopsie, Marva Wright, Robby Robinson, Master P and Widespread Panic. In 2013, Bo Jr and The Wild Magnolias released the album “A New Kind of Funk”.


Today, the Wild Magnolias Big Chief, Bo Dollis Jr., serves as bandleader, weaving modern funk into the band's contemporary repertoire while simultaneously preserving and presenting the generations deep music, traditions and rituals of his father's band.


Previous events


The New Orleans Jazz Museum 4th annual Improvisations Gala

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The New Orleans Jazz Museum, 400 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans

The New Orleans Jazz Museum will host the 4th annual Improvisations Gala on Saturday, December 4, from 7PM to 11PM. The Gala will feature an exciting mix of some of the finest local and national musical talents, spectacular New Orleans cuisine, a selection of coveted auction items, and a dazzling Sound Collage installation — all on the grounds of the New Orleans Jazz Museum.

The Patron Party will take place from 7PM to 8PM in the Decatur Street Courtyard with an exclusive balcony concert by Trumpet Mafia, accompanied by the N’Awlins D’awlins Baby Dolls and the Original Wild Tchoupitoulas Indians led by Big Queen Mary K. Stevenson. The Patron Party will also feature craft cocktails with Beam Suntory, a Beattie’s martini bar, and passed hors d’ouevres.

The full Improvisations Gala will open to ticket holders at 8PM and will showcase a stellar line-up including George Porter, Jr. & Runnin Pardners, Charmaine Neville Band, Bo Dollis, Jr. & The Wild Magnolias, Corey Henry & The Treme Funktet, Gabrielle Cavassa Band, Jelani Bauman Band with Jesse McBride, Herlin Riley and Gregg Stafford, Mahmoud "Mood" Chouki Band with Oscar Rossignoli and special guest Detroit Brooks, special choreographed performances by the NOLA Chorus Girls and more.


The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy announced it will host a Carousel of Culture event on Oct. 16 – 17 in City Park at the Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn and Tricentennial Area. The cultural event will feature approximately 50 plus artists, musicians, food truck vendors, artisans, and more. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.