We were supremely excited to welcome a FAT-tastic musician to our 2020 stage with Circus Mind: ferocious guitar prodigy Brandon “Taz” Niederauer!

Sixteen-year-old Brandon Niederauer, nicknamed “Taz” for his ferocious guitar playing, is living proof that dreams really do come true. Having performed in some of the most legendary venues in America with many of the most prominent musicians of our time, the young guitarist, singer, and songwriter has already earned himself quite the reputation. It all started at eight years old, when Brandon watched the movie School of Rock. Already inspired by his father’s record collection, Brandon instantly realized he was destined to play guitar. From that moment on, his guitar rarely left his hands. Just four years later, Brandon was cast in the principal role of guitarist “Zack Mooneyham” in the Tony Award-nominated Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway production, School of Rock the Musical.
Based in New York City, Brandon has had the opportunity to play with many of his musical idols. In recent years, he’s shared the stage with multiple members of the Allman Brothers Band, including Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Butch Trucks, and Oteil Burbridge, as well as a variety of other notable musicians, including Buddy Guy, Stevie Nicks, Lady Gaga, Slash, Jon Batiste, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Gales, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Dr. John, Gary Clark Jr., Col. Bruce Hampton, Eric Krasno, George Porter Jr., Robert Randolph, Karl Denson, Doug Wimbish, and John Popper. He has also performed with Tedeschi Trucks Band, The String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee, The Revivalists, Dumpstaphunk, Blackberry Smoke, Galactic, and countless other bands. In 2018, Brandon reunited with Andrew Lloyd Webber, performing in January with Sarah Brightman at The Phantom of the Opera’s 30th Anniversary celebration, and in April alongside Sara Bareilles, Alice Cooper, and John Legend in NBC’s live broadcast production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Brandon is currently featured in Spike Lee’s Netflix series, She’s Gotta Have It, and performs concerts for audiences across the country and around the world.

Click the image to get a taste of what Taz can do:

“Taz” joined the amazing Circus Mind on stage!

Circus Mind

Bred in the swamps of New York City, fed on the pulse of a drumbeat mixed with a spicy gumbo, FAT FRIDAY staple and collective of musicians the likes of which the world has never seen before, Circus Mind, is at their live performance peak. Flawlessly moving from jazzy grooves to funky retro rock to reggae roots the band puts a modern take on mid-late 70’s influences such as Traffic, Steely Dan, Little Feat, Mott the Hoople mixed with a N’awlin’s Vibe such as Dr.John, The Meters and The Neville Brothers. Click on the photo below for a sample of their 2016 FAT FRIDAY performance featuring Charles Neville!

Hungry March Band

Celebrating over 20 years of bringing live musical spectacle to the people of New York City and beyond is Hungry March Band, a brass, percussion, and performance ensemble. Founded in Brooklyn in 1997 for the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, HMB embodies the spirit of NYC’s streets with an inimitable brass sound and inspired, eclectic dance. HMB has shared their creativity with audiences around the United States, South America, and Europe, where they’ve been embraced by a longstanding community of brass bands. A unique sonic voice has emerged from the recording of their four self-released albums—one that melds their musical knowledge of big band, traditional, and free jazz, with punk rock and global brass influences.

What would FAT FRIDAY be without a special performance of Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir?

Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir

A staple at FAT FRIDAY, this New York City based Earth-defending performance community—Earthalujah!—has 50 performing members and a congregation in the thousands. Join them in their divine revelry!

DJ Douggie Style

Douggie Style got your righteous stomp on!

MC Christopher

Who better to guide us through an evening of mischievous revelry than the unparalleled Christopher Hardwick?

Our royal musical lineup this year includeed many more special guests — guaranteed to release your inner trickster with their righteous beats, and to make you revel in the sweet NOLA mischief that is FAT FRIDAY!