Starkville's on the map for Mardi Gras tour

Flow Tribe, the band, is coming to perform at Rick's next Friday night. Band members are (left to right) John Michael Early, Russell Olschner, K.C. O'Rorke, Bryan Santos, Mario Palmisano, Chad Penot. (Submitted photo)
Staff Writer

It has been over a year since Flow Tribe has stepped onto a stage in Starkville, but they are making their return — coming back to Starkville to tie off their Mardi Gras tour.
Flow Tribe will perform on Rick's stage on March 3.

The band plays at over 150 club performances and festival dates a year.

"We have played in Starkville in the past, but it's been about a year or two, so we're excited to get back up to Cowbell Country and get a little wild up there," said K.C. Ororke, a member of the band. "It is going to be our first time playing at Rick's, so we're excited to see what it's all about."

Flow Tribe has been together for 10 years. The members grew up and went to high school together in New Orleans, Ororke said. The Crescent City, he said, is in their genes.

"We try to encapsulate a great night out with your friends," Ororke said. "Just great music and basically a blend of funk and hip-hop Latin stuff and, just a great mixture of music to make you come out and have a wonderful experience on a Friday or Saturday night."

Flow Tribe is currently on the move, heading up the East Coast to perform on the Mardi Gras tour. They performed in New York on Thursday, and are playing in Washington, D.C. on Friday. Then, Ororke said they plan to head home to New Orleans for Mardi Gras week before coming up to Starkville next Friday.

"We just recorded a new album with Mannie Fresh," Ororke said. "We'll be releasing that album in late April. We've been on the road, touring and stuff, for the past six or seven years. Our goal is to get music out to the most people we possibly can and change people's lives one funky show at a time."

Ororke said the man the band recorded with, Mannie Fresh, was a big-time rapper, and worked with Lil Wayne and the Hot Boys.

"We're excited to go up to Starkville, again," Ororke said. "To see some old friends, make some new friends, and I think people are looking to come out and have a good time on that Friday, I think a good option is to come and get it on with Flow Tribe."