Returning for its 23rd year, thanks to Disco Donnie Presents, Amps Events, and Metropolitan Nightclub, ZOOLU is one of the most anticipated Mardi Gras events. With all of the parties during Mardi Gras, ZOOLU is the must-attend event of an already stacked month of fun in New Orleans. ZOOLU is separated into two huge nights: this year, the celebration takes place Saturday, February 25, and the other this Monday, February 27 (AKA Lundi Gras).
Both nights include both huge names and rising stars. Krewella, Adventure Club, Joyryde, Alan Walker, Pierce Fulton, and Bear Grillz are set to take Mardi Gras 2017 to the next level. Celebrate after parades and all-night Lundi Gras until Fat Tuesday at the Metropolitan Nightclub for one of the longest-running parties in New Orleans dance music.
Meet (or refamiliarize yourself) with this year’s ZOOLU artists, and join us Saturday, February 25 and Monday, February 27.
Saturday, February 25
Opening up Saturday night after a whole day full of festivities is Pierce Fulton. Pierce has dabbled in a handful of genres: jazz, reggae, rock, and blues. He attributes his current style of music to being exposed to all kinds of different genres while growing up; because of this, he is able to bring these various styles together under the umbrella of electronic music while adding his own spin.
Pierce is most known for his original dance tracks such as “Kuaga (Lost Time)” and “No More.” His unique music exposes fan to a new side of electronic music, while still keeping those electronic sounds that people know and love.
Next up we present JOYRYDE, one of the more mysterious artists on this lineup. His production is extremely distinct, yet underrated, with a mix of heavy, house bass beats. The OWSLA member’s most recent track release is entitled “I Ware House,” and has already received praise for being one of his hardest tracks so far. This release should be the start of many more songs by JOYRYDE in 2017.
Electronic music OG’s Adventure Club will undoubtedly be the talk of the weekend. Hailing from Montreal, Canada this duo is one of the most influential producers in music today. AC has made their mark on fans and upcoming DJ’s/producers alike. The duo entered the scene in early 2011 with their now classic hit “Crave you” and since have played some of the biggest events in dance music.
Their music speaks for itself. With an almost religious following from fans, Adventure Club is always a favorite amongst fans. The duo recently released their newest album: Red // Blue.
Monday, February 27 (LUNDI GRAS)
Beginning things on Monday night is 28-year-old Bear Grillz. He is definitely not like other artists that you might catch at a show, primarily because he wears a huge bear mask. Bear Grillz is highly known in the bass scene because of his unique reggae-sounding dubstep. After collaborating with artists from Trollphace to Datsik and the release of his Bear Grillz & Friends (Volume 1 and 2), Bear Grillz has become a household name.
Traveling to New Orleans all the way from Norway is Alan Walker. Alan began his music career by dabbling in “drumstep” 5 years ago. He is best known for his 2015 single “Faded”, which received platinum certifications in over 10 different countries.
His live debut has been fairly recent: last year at the X Games in Oslo he rocked the show. Since that groundbreaking performance, his popularity has skyrocketed. This year, in addition to playing at this years ZOOLU, he will also be performing at Euphoria Music Festival in Austin, Texas.
Another electronic powerhouse duo, sisters Jahan and Yasmine, aka Krewella have been a fan-favorite for several years. When they entered the scene in 2011, fans instantly loved their high-energy and intoxicating voices, not to mention their dub-heavy drops. The duo is considered “pioneers in a male-dominated music industry” and have proved they can hang with the “top dogs.”
They are currently working on a new album for 2017, which will include the rock/electronic hybrid sound they are known for. Listen to their latest single below.