Alton ‘BIG AL’ Carson, New Orleans native and blues singer extraordinaire is last of the great traditional New Orleans musicians still performing on Bourbon Street. He draws fans to the Funky Pirate from all over the country. His singing is sublime, lyrical and raucous, his personality exuberant and engaging. There is no one anywhere like him. Trained in traditional music from his early teens, he was celebrated for playing tuba in parades and second line for many years-even while he headlined his own band as singer and songwriter at various local clubs, including the legendary Fourth Edition. In 1994, Carson traveled through Europe on a New Orleans Music tour, where he performed for the Dutch royal family. Since 2006, Carson has played with his band, the Blues Masters. They can be seen several nights a week at the Funky Pirate on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter.