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Philly Gumbo “New Orleans Party Funk”

November 17, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$10.00 – $20.00 $20.00$10.00 Deposit


All guests in your reservation must be present to be seated. If you want to be seated with a group, please book your tickets in one order. For the best seatings, choose an early reservation. Please review our dress code, it is strictly enforced. No sneakers for this event.

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“not just irresistible but transcendent!”
–Philadelphia City Paper

“The area’s tastiest musical ragout of New Orleans parish-based soul, blues,
reggae and dense funk.”
–A.D. Amorisi, The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Way better than Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings…and more authentic!”
–Philadelphia International producer Bobby Eli
“On South Street, Philly Gumbo ruled the funk scene when The Roots
were mere seedlings.”
–Rick Allen, Vintage Guitar Magazine

Philly Gumbo’s distinctive blend of New Orleans R & B, funk, reggae, blues and soul has
made it a unique and popular presence on the Philadelphia music scene for more thirty years.
Over the years, the band has been a “Best Of” selection by Philadelphia Magazine in their annual
“Best Of Philadelphia” issues as well as having played most of the top venues in the area such as
The Kimmel Center, the City Winery,The Sellersville Theater and World Café Live and such
major events as the Atlantic City Summer Jazz Festival, Musikfest, Jambalaya Jam, Jam On The
River, WRTI-FM’s Groovin’ In The Park, the Media Blues Stroll, The West Oak Lane Jazz &
Arts Festival and many more. Philly Gumbo has opened for such greats as Dr. John, Buddy Guy
& Jr. Wells, Rick Danko & Levon Helm of The Band and The Mighty Diamonds. Having
pioneered the live music scene at the legendary South Street venue Bacchanal, Philly Gumbo
was often joined by such special guests as Todd Rundgren, David Lindley, Teddy Royal of Fats
Domino’s band, members of Harold Melvin & The Blues Notes’ band and others. In addition,
members of Philly Gumbo have played with such legends as Little Milton, Wilson Pickett, Bo
Diddley and Big Youth.

“Philly Gumbo’s long-term popularity has come from two things,” notes founding member
Randall Grass: “an ability to play an authentic and unique mix of New Orleans
R & B, funk, reggae, blues and soul, and the presence of great singers, such as Brenda Smith,
Walt Taylor, Jeannie Brooks, Richard Johnson, and current lead vocalist India Rex.”
Formed in late 1980, the band quickly developed a following at the Germantown club
Takers Café with a unique mix of music reminiscent of New Orleans group The Neville
Brothers. As such, the group pioneered the popularity of New Orleans music in Philadelphia,with a celebrated weekly gig at Bacchanal for nearly a decade. The band released its debut single “Holy War b/w Mardi Gras” in 1984 and contributed the original song “Xmas In New Orleans” to the Seasons Greetings Philadelphia benefit CD in 1999.

Four members of Philly Gumbo—drummer Tim Hayes, bassist Bert Harris, guitarist Pete
Eshelman and keyboardist Randall Grass–have been the core of the band since the beginning
while saxophonist Richard Orr often sat in with the band as early as the 80’s and vocalist
extraordinaire India Rex, is the latest in a long line of exceptional vocalists. The band released a
new CD “Come And Get It” in 2011. A Philly Gumbo performance makes a great listening
experience, with it’s ever-shifting mix of New Orleans R & B, blues, jazz, funk, reggae, soul and
even African music, but is equally suited for dancing.

The band appeals to people of all ages and backgrounds. In fact, it is difficult to resist getting
up and shaking your groove thing to Philadelphia’s greatest groove band!


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November 17, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10.00 – $20.00
Event Category:


Wilson’s Restaurant & Live Music


Wilson’s Restaurant & Live Music
709 Warwick Road
Hi-Nella, NJ 08083 United States
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TERMS & CONDITIONS: Your ticket reserves a seat; you do not need a separate reservation. There is no reserved seating for late night events unless you reserve a VIP section or a table. All ticket sales are final and are not refundable. Tickets at the door are cash only.

  • All guests must purchase a minimum of one drink and one appetizer or entree; side dishes and desserts do not qualify as a minimum food purchase.
  • A 20% gratuity will be added to all tables.

Our goal is to create an atmosphere of unmistakable elegance. We ask our guests to choose attire that is appropriate for our restaurant. If in doubt, think evening wear or business casual.

Dress Code: Thank you for not wearing athletic shorts, sweatshirts, or sweatpants, excessively revealing clothing, exposed undergarments, or any clothing with offensive language/images, work boots, baseball caps, or tank tops.


    • Group parties will be seated together if the tickets are purchased in one order. You must purchase tickets in advance on our website. The ticket serves as your reservation. For late-night events: First, come first, seated unless you reserve a table or get VIP bottle service.
  • We offer a discount on group tickets purchased in advance. We do not offer this discount at the door.
  • 10 to 20 tickets = 10%
  • 21 to 30 tickets = 15%
  • 31 and up tickets = 20%
  • You may bring a cake for special occasions. There is a $2 per slice cake-cutting fee.
  • All guests must purchase a minimum of one drink and one appetizer or entree; side dishes do not qualify as a food purchase.
  • A 20% gratuity will be added to all tables.

Please complete our event booking request form if you need to contact our team before purchasing tickets.

Wednesday: 6 pm to 11 pm
Wednesday Happy Hour: 6 pm to 8 pm
Thursday: 6 pm to 11 pm
Friday & Saturday: Open at 6 pm.
Saturday No Late Night Event : Close at 11pm
Friday & Saturday Late Night: 10 pm til...
Sunday: 12 pm to 9 pm
Sunday Happy Hour: 5 pm to 7 pm

Your ticket reserves a seat; you do not need a separate reservation. Seating selection is first-come, first-served, so come early to get a great seat. All seated guests must purchase at least one drink and one food selection. A 20% gratuity is added to all checks.

There is no reserved seating for late-night events unless you reserve a VIP section or a table.

All ticket sales are final and are not refundable. Tickets at the door are cash only.

Please review our dress code. No outside beverages are permitted, and beverages cannot be consumed outside of the building.

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