An Albert Ayler Xmas feat. Mars Williams, Helen Gillet & more

  • Wed, Dec 1, 2021 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • The Broadside

    600 North Broad Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70119

Ticket Price $15.00 Buy Tickets

Saxophonist & improviser Mars Williams, actively based out of Chicago & New York City since the late 70s, is perhaps best-known as a member of The Psychedelic Furs, but has proven his jazz bona fides with Peter Brötzmann and Ken Vandermark, Hamid Drake & Han Bennink.  He was the musical director of the influential Chicago acid-jazz unit Liquid Soul as well as Hal Russell's NRG Ensemble, to say nothing of his project xMarsX alongside Wayne Kramer from the legendary Detroit group MC5.  His rock CV is also varied, including Akron New Wave band The Waitresses and work with Billy Idol, Ministry, Massacre, Billy Squier and many more.

         He also leads the Albert Ayler tribute band Witches & Devils, and out of their holiday concerts grew this unique tradition, that of tangling the tunes of the late, great Albert Ayler with wide-ranging Wintertime Holiday favorites...   Over each of the past many winters, Mars has toured the US and the globe presenting "An Albert Ayler Xmas" joined by top-flight casts of musical characters and friends from each city, and we have been fortunate to have this project come to New Orleans once before, and now triumphantly returning on Weds. Dec. 1st for one night only at the Broadside.     

           On this evening (one of approximately a dozen such concerts around the globe, each with a unique group of collaborators), Mars Williams will be playing woodwinds and assorted toys, joined by Helen Gillet on cello & FX, as well a mighty mélange of Texas stalwarts: Aaron Gonzalez on bass, Stefan Gonzalez on drums & vibes, Jonathan Horne on guitar, and Gaika James on trombone.

        This will NOT be one to miss...   Please consider purchasing advance tickets now for this capacity-capped event...  Be there OR be somewhere decidedly-less-hip!

Date & Time

Wed, Dec 1, 2021 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Venue Details

The Broadside

600 North Broad Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70119

The Broadside
The Broadside

1) The showtime listed for the event is the time the event starts. Doors will open hour before, if not already open.
2)  We do allow pets during the day, but not at night for music (anything after 7pm).  If you bring a pet, please do not
walk around with the animal. Please keep them in your seated area if you need to visit the concession stand.
3) For any show under 500 people, per city guidelines, a vaccine card is not required. 
4) Mask are not required but are encouraged. 
6) Children 15 years and under do not need a ticket but do need an adult to accompany them.
7) Please do not park in the Broad Theater parking lot. We have parking lot for Broadside and plenty street parking available on Toulouse and Lafite. If you would like to be escorted to your car, please ask the Sheriff on duty. You pay also park in the Auto Zone parking lot if they are closed. 
8) CHAIR POLICY – we have 120 chair that are available on first come, first serve based. If you bring your own chair, you will be asked to put the on the outer sections of the site behind the house chairs. s available for seating in addition to many picnic tables.  If you you need to sit in a chair, please arrive at least 30 minutes before the show. You may also bring a chair if you like.