The work week is done, and the weekend is in sight!

From Mardi Gras to comedy shows, check out these 5 things to do this Friday to get the party started.

Back to New Orleans: Mardi Gras Party!

Shanna and Jonnie are back at Hermann’s with a dynamite band for another tribute to the music of New Orleans with a Mardi Gras punch! You’ll hear New Orleans Classics in the style of Louis Armstrong, Dr. John, Professor Longhair, Aaron Neville, the Meters, Jon Cleary and more! The last show at Hermann’s by this all star band was a complete sell out so get your tickets right away!

  • Where: Hermann’s Jazz Club Inc, 753 View Street
  • When: Doors at 5:30 p.m. , music at 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $25

Entertainment Village – Live at the Mint!

Entertainment Village, champions of fun and purveyors of fine improvised comedy, are back from their journey to the land of secret societies on February 28th to make improv magic at the Mint. Entertainment Village performs improvised comedy based off of local live stand up comedians. The standup comedy guest this month is the smart, the sassy, the hilarious Rosa Graham!

  • Where: The Mint Restaurant, 1414B Douglas Street
  • When: 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Cost: $15

Music Of Cream

Kofi Baker (son of Ginger) and Will Johns (nephew of Eric and son of Zeppelin/Stones/ Hendrix engineer Andy) have united with master musicians Sean McNabb and Chris Shutters to unleash the lightning that electrified a generation – and bring the Music of Cream back to life.

  • Where: Royal Theatre and McPherson Playhouse, 3 Centennial Square
  • When: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Cost: Get your tickets here

Vikes Improv: Lonely Hearts Club

Valentine’s Day may be over, but that won’t stop the members of Vikes Improv from eating too much chocolate and writing nice cards addressed to themselves. To save them from their pit of despair, why not come on down and watch them do some comedy improv? Members of the senior coaching team will be performing short form games and long form narrative for your viewing pleasure, all with the theme of love, relationships, and maybe The Beatles, who knows?

  • Where: David Lam Auditorium, University of Victoria
  • When: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Admission by donation

Slim Sandy’s Atomic Cocktails

Come good folks and witness the sounds of hillbilly swing from the Slim Sandy and his Atomic Cocktails!
Old time Rhythm n Blues made for dancing, foot tapping and sharing good food and booze!
  • Where: Northern Quarter, 1724 Douglas Street
  • When: 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.