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Can't Be in New Orleans? Listen to Mardi Gras Music at Your Desk

We thought we'd treat our cabin fever with a little bit of Louisiana jazz and zydeco courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways

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Blowout at Mardi Gras, courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways

In honor of today's Mardi Gras festivities happening down in New Orleans, we thought we'd treat our cabin fever with a little bit of Louisiana jazz and zydeco courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways.

There is Blowout at Mardi Gras, a collection of Dixieland jazz recorded in 1955 featuring

Another older selection that may get you in the mood is Clambake on Bourbon Street, a recording of more New Orleans jazz, this time with some Satchmo-inspired tunes from

But lastly, on a tip from our friends over at Folkways, is a new release from the talented Michael Doucet, the acclaimed cajun/zydeco musician. The album was nominated for a Grammy this year, but he lost to none other than himself, as part of his band BeauSoleil.

Don't let your Fat Tuesday go by without a little merriment; just don't go too crazy with the beads or your bosses will start wondering what's going on.

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Beth Py-Lieberman

Beth Py-Lieberman is the museums editor, covering exhibitions, events and happenings at the Smithsonian Institution. She has been a member of the Smithsonian team for more than two decades.

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